The Western SARE Administrative Council and staff welcome Dr. Rhonda Miller, an associate professor in the Agricultural Systems Technology and Education department at Utah State University, as the program’s new Regional Coordinator starting January 15.
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.
Western SARE recognizes the tremendous efforts made by many in the region that have contributed to agricultural sustainability. To bring increased awareness to sustainable agriculture leaders and their work, Western SARE announces its 2016 Western Sustainability Pioneer Award.
Nine graduate students in six western states have received funding from Western SARE for projects on cover crop grazing, non-bee pollinators, alfalfa weevil, and more.
Western SARE appointed four new Administrative Council members.