Every year, SARE's four regional programs provide grant funding to scores of cutting-edge farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators for projects that aim to improve the sustainability of American agriculture. To get a glimpse of some of these innovators at work, check out the latest edition of SARE's biennial report, 2013/2014 Report from the Field.
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- Georgia farmer Jonny Harris is partnering with University of Georgia researchers to verify what he has learned from decades of personal experience—cover crops improve the soil and benefit his business (see page 9).
- Missouri farmers interested in growing elderberries—a high-value specialty crop worth up to $25 per pound—are now better equipped to do so, thanks to market research by a University of Missouri team that generated important production and financial planning information (see page 7).
- With traditional methods of handling dead livestock either becoming more costly or falling under closer scrutiny, a team of researchers from four Western states developed in-depth training materials on livestock composting, an alternative disposal method that holds promise for achieving environmental protection, economic sustainability and job creation (see page 13).
- An educational program in West Virginia spurred a seven-fold increase in the number of high tunnels in the state, giving farmers a new way to increase their on-farm income while providing communities with more locally grown produce (see page 18).
Report from the Field is a full-color, 20-page publication, complete with 12 inspirational profiles and tips for getting more information. It relates stories of innovation from every corner of the United States in key areas of American agriculture: soil health management, local and regional food systems, specialty crop diversification, and season extension, to name a few. Report from the Field also includes updates on funding allocations and priority activities in each of SARE's four regions.