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Sustainable agriculture seminar set for May 14 at NMSU

Programs and activities related to sustainable agriculture research and education will be the topic during a seminar from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in Room 297 at Gerald Thomas Hall on the New Mexico State University campus.


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education is a national organization started in 1988, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

SARE provides grants and education programs to advance agricultural innovation, promote profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and improve quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. SARE is divided into different regions to be able to effectively address sustainability issues in different parts of the United States. New Mexico falls under the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education region.

WSARE is dedicated to supporting innovative research and education in the western U.S. and the Pacific Islands on agriculture practices and systems that are profitable, ecologically sound, and good for communities and families.

Teryl Roper (new regional coordinator for WSARE), and Jim Freeburn (head of WSARE?s Professional Development Program), will be visiting New Mexico from Tuesday, May 12, to Thursday, May 14. The WSARE leaders will be visiting Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces.

The Las Cruces visit will include the seminar presentation about the activities and funding programs of the WSARE. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the WSARE leaders after the seminar. All are invited to this seminar.

Also, a call for 2016 proposals for four Western SARE grant programs has been released. Descriptions of each program and links to the full call can be found at westernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants.

The four grants programs include:
? Research & Education Pre-proposal
? Professional Development
? Farmer/Rancher
? Professional + Producer

Research & Education projects involve scientists, producers and others using interdisciplinary approaches to address issues related to sustaining agriculture. Pre-proposals are due June 3. Following scrutiny by a technical review panel, presenters of the best pre-proposals will be asked to submit full proposals, due in November 2015 with notification in March 2016.

Professional Development projects focus on training agricultural professionals to help them spread knowledge about sustainable agriculture concepts and practices. Proposals are due Oct. 28, with notification in March 2016.

Farmer/Rancher projects are conducted by agricultural producers with support and guidance from a technical adviser. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments with results that can be shared with other producers. Multiple farmers or associations may qualify for a higher level of funding. Proposals are due Dec. 2, with notification in March 2016.

Professional + Producer projects are similar in concept to the Farmer/Rancher Grants with a few key differences. Instead of a producer serving as the project coordinator, an agricultural professional coordinates the project. Farmers or ranchers serve as project advisers. Proposals are due Dec. 2, with notification in March 2016.

The 2016 Call for Proposals for the Graduate Student Grants has previously been released and proposals will be accepted until May 13. Successful applicants will be notified in August.

The Western SARE Administrative Council will select reviewed proposals that are innovative, diverse in content, subject matter, and geography; demonstrate tangible outcomes; and provide readily adaptable technologies and information suitable to the adoption of sustainable farming and ranching systems by producers in the western region.