Source: SARE Outreach
College Park, MD – Ranchers in Montana are conserving water and improving yields by diversifying their operations with a newly introduced winter forage. A South Dakota farmer who builds healthy soil through no-till and long crop rotations has boosted profits by bringing cover crops into his system. Corn growers in New York together have saved millions in recent years by making drastic cuts in their fertilizer use. And across the South, farm families are benefiting from an unparalleled collection of resources for small-scale poultry production.
These stories and more can be found in SARE’s newly released 2009/2010 Report from the Field, a collection of 12 profiles illustrating how SARE-funded producers, researchers and educators are collaborating to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture. Report from the Field relates stories of innovation from every corner of the United States that are occurring in key areas of American agriculture, including land stewardship, clean energy production, marketing and urban agriculture, to name a few.
Report from the Field also includes updates on some of the funding allocations and priority activities being pursued by staff in each of SARE’s four regions. The SARE regions are launching new grant programs, conducting stakeholder listening sessions and taking other steps to ensure SARE grants continue to fund the research and education projects that are most needed and promise the greatest positive impact.
Filled with bold, bright photography and information on practical resources for further reading, Report from the Field is an inspirational and informative snapshot of the people who are working to make American agriculture more profitable for farmers, better for the environment, and a stronger foundation of rural communities.
Download SARE’s Report from the Field for free at http://www.sare.org/publications/highlights.htm. To order print copies visit www.sare.org/WebStore, call 301/374-9696 or write to SARE Outreach, PO Box 753, Waldorf, Maryland 20604-0753. (Please specify title requested when ordering by mail.) Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Call 301/374-9696 for more information on bulk, rush or international shipments.
Editors: Contact Sean McGovern or visit www.sare.org/press to request review copies or download cover or profile images.