Professional Development Program Grants Announced for FY2011
GRIFFIN, Georgia – Training programs and education activities designed to arm agriculture professionals with sustainable ag knowledge they can take to the farms have been an integral part of the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. For FY2011, Southern SARE has announced several Professional Development Program grants.
Of the 7 full proposals submitted, 4 were chosen by the Southern SARE Administrative Council, ranging in amounts from over $69,000 to nearly $100,000.
Funded projects for FY2011 include:
• ES11-107: Training for Sustainable Year-Round Forage Production and Grazing/Browsing Management in the Southern Region; Tuskegee University; $69,843.
• ES11-108: Pollinator Conservation Short Course; The Xerces Society; $92,066.
• ES11-109: Expanding the Expertise of Agricultural Professionals to Serve New Constituents: Practical Training on Organic Horticulture and Hoophouses; Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group; $99,980.
• ES11-110: Comprehensive Training in Direct Marketing of Meat and Meat Products for Cooperative Extension Agents and Agricultural Professionals, Virginia Tech, $90,573.
Begun in 1994, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program provides sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for Cooperative Extension System and Natural Resources Conservation Service staff and other agricultural educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers.
For more information on Southern SARE PDP, log on http://www.southernsare.org/Professional-Development.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.