SARE Grants in Arkansas
SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation. Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Arkansas.
- Arkansas Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary (pdf) The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight, a breakdown of funding by SARE project type, and the total funding for the state since 1988. This is a colorful 2-pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed.
- Competitive Grants List (pdf) The grants list describes each grant in the state by title, project leader and funding level. For further information about any grant in the list, go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title.
The Arkansas SARE program is facilitated through a joint collaboration between the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. We work together to deliver a program that enhances the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the state through research and education. Arkansas SARE partners with researchers, extension faculty, producers, and community organizations to research and implement the best science-based practices available in all aspects of Arkansas' agricultural system. In addition to research, SARE is dedicated to providing education in sustainable agriculture through various trainings offered each year.
You can find information regarding the Arkansas sustainable ag program, including organic production, research programs, calendar of events, and educational resources on their blog.
2013 Outputs and Outcomes
Prepared by State Coordinator Elena Garcia, University of Arkansas
The Arkansas SARE Professional Development Program (PDP) is becoming recognized among university personnel, NRCS staff, farmers market managers and other ag professionals as a source of sustainable agriculture information and resources.
Arkansas SARE activities are designed to provide ag professionals the skills, knowledge, and resources to aid specialty crop and beginning farmers in developing and implementing best management practices in their farming enterprises.
A strong interest in high tunnel production continues. There is also an increasing interest in on-farm food safety practices and the Food Safety Modernization Act. In the Delta region, farmers are adopting sustainable production practices such as drip irrigation, plastic mulch, and cover crops. More growers are installing high tunnels and farmers are selling produce to local school systems and major outlet chains.
Two Food Safety and on the Farm workshops were conducted in 2013 to inform growers and market managers of the Food Safety Modernization Act and practices to reduce food safety risk on the farm and at the market.
Speakers from NRCS, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, and the Noble Foundation came together to conduct several High Tunnel Production and Construction workshops. The workshops covered a range of topics from construction, styles and types of materials, to accessing NRCS programs and production issues. An outdoor demonstration was also included.
Other activities included a USDA business planning training and an annual horticulture meeting to address production, marketing and food safety issues for specialty crop producers.
Beginning Farmer Mini Grant
A beginning farmer mini grant was created in Perry County to allow the Cooperative Extension office to offer a series of workshops for new and beginning farmers. Information covered financing, business and production. The workshops are the first of their kind in Arkansas.
The Arkansas SARE blog was launched in 2011 to inform audiences of important conferences, workshops, newsletters, grants and other happenings pertaining to sustainable agriculture. The blog has had 6,600 views to date.
Arkansas SARE offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Check back to this section frequently to find out about upcoming events you can participate in. Information regarding grant opportunities and deadlines will also be provided.
Here you will find educational resources relevant to sustainable agriculture.
A compilation of presently funded SARE projects in Arkansas.