SSARE Snapshots

SSARE Snapshots

SSARE Snapshots

Highlights of 1890 Land-Grant Projects and of Minority and Limited-Resource Farmers in Sustainable Agriculture

Since 1988 USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program has administered competitive grants to fund research and education in agriculture that improve farm profitability, protect natural resources and revitalize communities. Our 1890 land-grant partners lead efforts to assist minority and limited-resource farmers in sustainable ag practices through Southern region SARE grants programs. Our grants also support farmer research, education and outreach efforts.

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Southern region 1890 land-grant institutions include:

Alabama A&M University
Alcorn State University
Florida A&M University
Fort Valley State University
Kentucky State University
Langston University
North Carolina A&T University
Prairie View A&M University
South Carolina State University
Southern University
Tennessee State University
Tuskegee University
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Virginia State University

We’ve funded over 60 projects from 1890 institution principal investigators throughout the Southern region, with topics ranging from goat production to direct marketing to specialty crops. In addition, 1890 institutions have collaborated with researchers, Extension agents, farmers, NGOs and other ag professionals on countless SSARE-funded sustainable ag projects.

SNAPSHOTS highlights these research efforts from our 1890 land-grant partners, and with minority-limited resource farmers.

SNAPSHOTS 2015 Report

Type: Southern SARE Snapshot

A collection of Southern SARE-funded 1890 land-grant projects updated for 2015.

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SNAPSHOTS 2014 Report

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A collection of Southern SARE-funded 1890 land-grant projects updated through 2014.

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2005 Snapshots

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The 2005 edition of Snapshots. It includes 1890 projects on educator training, Third Thursday Things, and swine production.

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2006 Snapshots

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The 2006 edition of Snapshots. It includes 1890 projects on solar-power for catfish pond aeration, rural business development, and African American Resettlement Communities.

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2007 Snapshots

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The 2007 edition of Snapshots. It includes 1890 projects on local food systems, reaching out to limited-resource and minority audiences, tips on submitting a Producer Grant.

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2008 Snapshots

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The 2008 edition of Snapshots. It includes 1890 projects on grant writing, pushing back poverty with sustainable ag, and small ruminant research on intestinal parasites.

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2009 Snapshots

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The 2009 edition of Snapshots. It includes 1890 projects on farmers markets in Texas, pawpaws, and training on marketing local meat and dairy products.

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Cover Crops Control Weeds in Organic Production

Type: Southern SARE Snapshot

Georgia farmers find cover crops control weeds, specifically bermudagrass, in organic vegetable crop production.

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Improving Parasite Management in Multiple Livestock Species

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Gastrointestinal nematodes (GIN), or worms, infect all livestock species, negatively influencing animal performance and survival and impairing farm profitability. While integrated parasite management is becoming more common in small ruminants, researchers with North Carolina A&T University recognized a need to train Extension agents on such control methods and techniques to aid farmers who raise cattle, horses, swine and poultry.

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Third Thursday Thing Showcases Sustainable Ag in Kentucky

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A Kentucky State University program, launched by a SSARE Professional Development Program grant to enhance sustainable ag efforts in Kentucky, is going strong after nearly two decades.

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Farmers Adopting Cover Crops in Sweet Potato Production

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More farmers are incorporating cover crops in their sweet potato production after SSARE-funded on-farm trials conducted by University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Mississippi State University found that winter cover crops help save input costs, improve soil fertility, increase land use efficiency, and help control insects.

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A Handbook for Year-Round Pasture-Based Goat Production

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A year-round forage production and grazing/browsing management handbook for goats, developed by Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension, is available to professionals and producers interested in pasture-based goat production, but require technical information on establishing and maintaining sustainable year-round forage systems.

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Bringing Annie's Project to More Southern Region States

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Cooperative Extension Educators with Alcorn State University held their very first Annie’s Project professional development training in 2013, as a result of a collaborative effort between the 1890 institution and Mississippi State University to bring the popular program to more farm women across the Southern region.

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Effective Biocontrol of Honeybee Pests

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Research from Florida A&M University has found that fungal pathogens can effectively and economically control the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) – an invasive pest of honeybees – while maintaining colony health. The results pave the way for more environmentally friendly biological controls in a pest management program.

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Edamame: A Promising Niche Product for Virginia Producers

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An effort at Virginia State University is helping Virginia tobacco, vegetable and organic farmers increase their on-farm income through the production and marketing of a new niche product.

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Keeping Goats Healthy with Farmer Education

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Small ruminant producers are all too familiar with the damaging effects of gastrointestinal parasites and the challenges of effectively managing them. But a group of scientists, veterinarians and Extension specialists across the South have made it their mission to solve the biggest health problem in the goat and sheep industries.

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