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President’s Note: 30 Years of SARE

President’s Note: 30 Years of SARE

Last month I wrote about a presentation at the National SARE Conference in St. Louis about livestock eating weeds. This month I want to point to a publication recently released by the National SARE office, entitled 30 Years of SARE: Our Farms, Our Future.

The Kerr Center currently is contracted with the University of Georgia to manage the SARE Professional Development Program (PDP). This program awards competitive grants to train those who ultimately train farmers about sustainable agriculture. We work with all land grant colleges in the Southern United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Many of you may not be aware how SARE was started. It was first funded in the late 1980’s as the LISA (Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture) program. Jim Horne, retired president of the Kerr Center, testified before Congress, along with other organizations involved in sustainable agriculture, to secure funding for the program.

The program’s name was changed in the 1990 Farm Bill to the SARE, or Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education, program. As an organization, we are proud of the work the SARE program has done over the years, and are happy to have played a role from the beginning.

If you have an opportunity, take a look at the publication for a snapshot of the work SARE has done over the last 30 years.

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