Western SARE Videos

Western SARE Videos

Western SARE Videos

Lectures, producer profiles and more from Western SARE projects and leaders.

A Sunn Hemp Cover Crop for Soil Health and Nematode Management

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

These University of Hawaii fact sheets and virtual field day explain how to use sunn hemp as a cover crop to control weeds, nematodes and other pests, add soil nutrients, prevent erosion, and contribute to a more robust and complex community of beneficial nematodes.

Anaerobic Digestion Webinar Series

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A series of five free webinars with Washington State University researchers and their collaborators sharing findings as they strive to quantify the climate, air, water, nutrient and economic impacts of integrating emerging, next-generation technologies within anaerobic digestion systems on U.S. dairies.

Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens Webinar

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

In the webinar the presenters briefly review the development and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) techniques for control of soil borne pathogens in various crops and regions around the world, and then focus on the current state of knowledge and use of ASD in California primarily for strawberry production. We discuss the latest research findings relating to the efficacy of the technique, mechanisms underlying disease suppression, and our experience with growers using the technique in their own operations.

BioEarth Webinar Series

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A series of four free webinars with Washington State University researchers affiliated with the BioEarth research initiative sharing findings related to climate change impacts on Northwest U.S. water resources, nutrient cycling, and managed and natural ecosystems.

Biological Soil Crusts

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Cheryl McIntyre investigates the influence of biocrusts on the establishment of native perennial grasses and cheatgrass and the conditions under which biocrusts might make rangelands more resistant to exotic grass invasion, and thereby serve as a potential restoration tool for producers.

Building Soils in Alaska Communities

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Many Alaska communities have stated an interest in food production but perceive that a lack of adequate soils inhibits gardening. Most Alaskan producers confront related soil problems, such as thin root zones, nutrient-poor soils with low organic material contents, and some issues with permafrost. Despite the high cost of shipping, some producers actually import all of their garden soils from the continental United States on a barge, unaware that many of the necessary soil components can be found locally. This video demonstrates soil building and raised bed construction.

California Strawberry and Research on Compost for Strawberry Health

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

California strawberry production is at a pivotal point, struggling with new plant diseases due to the phase-out of the fumigant methyl bromide. This video explores the current issues facing strawberry growers in California and explains the use of compost to suppress disease and promote strawberry plant health.

Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse: Centennial Valley

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This video portrays the Collaborative Grazing for Sage-Grouse Project in the Centennial Valley focusing on understanding how grazing management affects sage-grouse survival. Better understanding will be important to increasing sage-grouse populations.

Conference Videos

View videos from the California and Mountain/High Plains Subregional Conferences.

Cover Crops in Dryland Cropping Systems

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Southeastern Utah Farmer Interview: Steve Barry

Farmland Protection

Presentation videos from Sustainable Options for Protecting Farmland conference held in Salt Lake City, December 2009. Sponsored by Western SARE, Utah Dept. of Agriculture and Food and the Utah Conservation Commission, with a presentation by Western SARE AC Alumni and farmer Larry Thompson.

Functional Ag Biodiversity

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Farmers embracing functional agricultural biodiversity incorporate habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife on their farms - and benefit from the ecosystem service that habitat provides

High Hopes for Forage Kochia

Blair Waldron

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Blair Waldron, USDA-ARS, describes results from forage kochia research at Utah State University seminar.

Holistic Range Management and Low-stress Livestock Handling in Alaska


Ben Bartlett describes holistic livestock grazing management and low-stress livestock handling applications for Alaska and other high latitude settings for sustainable agriculture practices.

Incubator Land Management & Teaching Ecological Land Use Webinar

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A webinar for agricultural professionals to increase their ability to initiate, support, and develop farmer training programs, led by NIFTI and ALBA.

Integrating Traditional Foods with Aquaponics in the Desert Southwest

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Claudio Rodriguez takes you through the basics of aquaponic growing at Arevalos Farm in McNeal, AZ. Project partially funded by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

Living Mulches Video


In this video, Western SARE grantee Helen Atthowe talks about experimentation done with till, no-till and minimum till, as well as working living mulches into the systems.

Market Opportunities of Conventional vs. GMO-free Broilers

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Berggren Demonstration Farm (now Phoenix Farm Enterprises, Inc) performed a side-by-side comparison of pasture-raised Cornish Cross broilers fed on GMO-free feed vs. conventional feed. This project would help local poultry producers evaluate the viability of raising poultry with GMO-free feed.

Mixed Cover Crops

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

An informational video on the pros and cons of planting mixed cover crops which are often used to replace fallow. Focus is on effects of cover crops on soil quality in semi-arid regions.

Onion Systems Management Strategies for Crop Nutrition, Weeds, Thrips, and Iris Yellow Spot Virus

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Seven videos demonstrating project results and showcasing sustainable crop and pest management practices for onions were developed.

Oregon's Outback

Sustainable Rangeland Beef

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Oregon’s Outback is a Sustainable Rangeland-Based Beef Production Video Library that highlights best management practices for cow-calf producers and agricultural professionals.

Pineapple Production in CMNI

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

Farmer Joe Borja showcases his increasing production of pineapple in the Marianas Islands.

Planting Flower Strips for Native Bees

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Montana State University researchers discuss flower strips of nine native plants that provide habitat for native bees and an additional income source for farmers who can collect and sell the flower seeds.

Saving Money & Improving Landscapes

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This multimedia project includes four video segments on the economics of behavior. They are: 1) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Using Low Moisture Block to Extend the Grazing Season, 2) Reduce Feed Costs and Improve Feed Efficiency: Let Animals Mix their Own Diets, 3) Improve Rangeland Use and Profitability: Herding and Low Stress Handling, and 4) Cost Effective Weed Management: Training Cows to Eat Them.

Soil Management on Wyoming Farms and Ranches

Farmer Interviews

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

View this series of videos that highlights the innovative, profitable, and regenerative soil management practices of Wyoming farmers and ranchers. The videos provide a platform for sharing ideas and help show what is possible within the limits of climate, production systems, and soils. In response to “that won’t work here” they asked, “what is possible?” 

Sustainable Agriculture Farming Systems Project

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

A quarterly newsletter and 24-minute video outlining this long-term systems project researching the transition to organic production.

Teaching Organic Farming and Gardening

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

These videos by the University of California at Santa Cruz Farm & Garden Apprenticeship program draws on four-plus decades of experience to offer teaching resources based on many of the skills and concepts taught during the six-month Apprenticeship training program.

The Path of SARE

Dr. Rob Hedberg

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

Dr. Rob Hedberg, National Program Leader for Sustainable Agriculture and Director of USDA-SARE program, talks about sustainable agriculture and the SARE program.

Training Ag Professionals in IPM

Type: Western SARE Multimedia

A multi-state program in the Columbia River Basin is improving agricultural practices by training young ag professionals in integrated pest management.

Use of Compost for Horse Bedding

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

With Western SARE funding, the Snohomish Conservation District in Washington worked with seven commercial equine facilities in Snohomish County to trial the use of compost as horse stall bedding.

Visualizing Soil Properties

Type: Western SARE Grantee-Produced Info Product

This series of videos illustrating soil processes such erosion, runoff, and infiltration, as well as soil sampling procedures, can be used as a model for demonstrations in a classroom.


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2016 Annual Report

For the first time, we are sharing a yearly snapshot of our work. The stories provided here typify the creative, participatory and integrated research Western SARE annually funds – led by land grant institution researchers and graduate students, Extension and other ag professionals, and nonprofit leaders in full partnership with producers.