The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) announces funding for 37 projects totaling almost $2.9 million in the 2016 grant cycle. Projects are located in 11 Western states and protectorates. Innovative researchers, ag professionals, farmers, and ranchers will be investigating topics important to Western agriculture such as:
- Effective water, weed, and nutrient management;
- Season extension;
- Cover crops and soil health;
- Rangeland and riparian habitat management;
- Food safety; and more.
Eight graduate students in five western states have received funding from Western SARE for projects on biodegradable plastic mulches, rotational grazing, new irrigation technology, and more.