In this research commentary, we share how Western SARE arrived at these key food systems development priorities, based on extensive grassroots input. Further, we outline to what extent these priorities may be a part of a larger, longer-term research agenda in food systems.
The Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Western SARE) program’s Administrative Council recently concluded its annual budget and grant selection meetings. It was, as always, both inspiring and humbling to watch the careful, data-driven deliberative process of the Council.
The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) Compass is a new online resource about USDA’s support of local and regional food. The Compass is an online multi-media narrative with stories, pictures and video about USDA’s support for local and regional food systems and an interactive map of USDA-supported local and regional food activities in all 50 states.
SARE Florida Fellows Tour introduces participants to sustainable ag principles.
"Producers are often the first to notice a problem and the last ones to enjoy the problem’s resolution. Thanks to a program that funds research grants, that can change."....
Article from the Prairie Star about the Western SARE grant program, examples of success and quotes from Regional Coordinator Phil Rasmussen.
Read why Dr. Philip Rasmussen believes that SARE "is at such a tipping point - where the public sentiment is clearly behind the idea of sustainability" and how SARE is the model to demonstrate to "the whole of American agriculture" that sustainability can be a reality.