The Kerr Center manages the USDA’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program for the southern region. The Kerr Center’s David Redhage is Program Manager, and Shelley Shipman is program assistant. More information about SARE’s grant programs.
History of PDP
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.
Administered and funded by SARE, the Professional Development Program receives annual congressional allocations of about $4.5 million.
SARE’s Professional Development Program funds activities that educate ag professionals in up-to-date strategies and technologies to help farmers and ranchers increase profits and lessen environmental impacts.
Funded through a competitive process in SARE’s four regions, PDP grants sponsor such activities as producing workshops, creating educational manuals and videos, and conducting on-farm tours and demonstrations.
In addition to the competitive grants, each state has responsibilities to conduct sustainable ag training through the SARE state coordinator.