Southern SARE
Graduate Student Grants

2016 Graduate Student Grant CFP Now Open

Application deadline is May 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.


Biocontrol Method Explored to Control Cucurbit Diseases

Naturally occurring bacteria, when applied to watermelon plants, can control bacterial fruit blotch.

Agroforestry with goats. Tuskegee University

New Agroforestry Handbook for the Southeastern U.S.

Training manual developed by Tuskegee University for Extension, mentor farmers and other ag professionals.

Mexican bean beetle damage on snap beans. Photo credit: Virginia Tech

Sustainable Methods to Control Mexican Bean Beetle in Snap Beans

Reflective mulches reduce pest populations and damage while increasing crop yields.


New SARE Topic Room: Forestry and Agroforestry

Educational resources on sustainable woodland management and land use conservation in the Southern region.

Press Releases Upcoming Events SARE in Your State

Since 1988, SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate aimed at
advancing sustainable agriculture innovations. Click on your state to learn more about SARE's efforts in the Southern region.

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Kentucky Louisiana Mississippi North Carolina
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Hot Topics in Sustainable Agriculture

Visit SARE's Topic Rooms for in-depth resources on important topics in sustainable agriculture. In the Southern Region, such resources include:

Forestry and Agroforestry


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Southern region has over 200 million acres of forestland, with nearly 90 percent of it privately owned. Forestland in the South is some of the most dynamic, diverse and productive in the nation, and is a major agricultural revenue driver for many Southern states, contributing $200 billion annually to the nation's economy. Many forestland owners assume timber harvesting is the only way to make money from their land. But non-timber products, such as pine straw, hunting leases and agroforestry, serve as additional revenue streams. This topic room includes a collection of educational resources on forestry and agroforestry, developed out of SARE-funded research for those interested in sustainable woodland management and land use conservation.



According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 80 percent of all flowering plants rely on pollinators to produce seeds, fruits and vegetables. One out of every three bites of food we take is made possible through the work of pollinators, such as the European honeybee and native bee species, like the bumblebee. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles, multimedia, publications and websites, developed out of SARE-funded pollinator research for those interested in bees and beekeeping.

Aquaculture and Aquaponics


Commercial aquaculture is a solid, traditional industry. However, interest is growing in the areas of alternative fish farming, small-scale aquaculture and water gardening, also known as aquaponics. This topic room includes a collection of educational materials, such as articles and videos, developed out of SARE-funded aquaculture research for those interested in fish farming, or incorporating fish into a crop production system.

Small Ruminants


Sheep, goat and other small ruminant enterprises offer many advantages for both beginning and experienced farmers. Small and productive, they are well suited to grass-based and small-scale agriculture. They are relatively inexpensive compared to larger livestock -- a boon for limited-resource producers. And a growing market is opening the doors for value-added opportunities. SSARE developed a topic room that covers educational resources on on-farm production, animal health, marketing and value-added topics.

Pastured Poultry


Interest in pastured poultry production among small-scale farmers has grown significantly in recent decades because it is often an inexpensive way to add supplemental revenue and diversification to small farms, especially for those with limited resources. SSARE's topic room covers educational resources on on-farm production, bird breeding, health and nutrition, animal waste management, processing and marketing.

The national SARE program has also developed topic rooms on Cover Crops, High Tunnels and Other Season Extension Techniques and Farm to Table: Building Local and Regional Food Systems.

Stay Informed


Open Grant Calls for Proposals

The 2016 Graduate Student Grant Call for Proposal is now open. Application deadline is May 6, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.

To receive notifications of calls via e-mail, contact the Southern SARE office:

Southern SARE Main Office
1109 Experiment St., Stuckey Building
University of Georgia
Griffin, Ga. 30223
Ph: 770-412-4786
Fax: 770-412-4789


Save the Dates

Cover Crop Conference, July 18-19, 2016


Mark your calendar for a two-day comprehensive cover crop conference for the South! A SSARE Cover Crop Conference will be held in North Carolina, July 18-19, 2016. Monday, July 18 is a day of workshops at the University of Mount Olive focusing on cover crop research and extension priorities throughout the region. On Tuesday, July 19, cover crop field demonstrations will be showcased at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) farm in Goldsboro. The conference will culminate in the formation of a Southern Cover Crop Council. The Council will help identify and prioritize research and education needs and facilitate networking and collaboration to enhance cover crop use in the region.

More information

7th National Small Farm Conference, Sept. 20-22, 2016

National Small Farm Logo

"Creating and Sustaining Small Farmers and Ranchers," will be held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center, Sept. 20-22, 2016. Learn about strategies for creating and sustaining small farmers and ranchers for enhanced farm income and improved quality of life; hear success stories from small farm activities; discover innovative ideas in research, extension and outreach. Registration will open in early 2016.


From the Field

What Is Sustainable Ag? link

Read our booklet about best practices and the people who use them.