Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheets

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Farmer and Rancher Research

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

Making changes on the farm or ranch involves taking risks. One or two years spent experimenting can lead to a financial hit too difficult to recover from. That’s where Western SARE’s Farmer/Rancher and Professional + Producer grants help out. Grantees, like the ones highlighted in this report, come up with the possible solution to a problem they face on their farm or ranch, propose a way to research the idea, and then Western SARE provides the critical support needed to experiment.The projects explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education. It is expected that the results are shared with other producers. The highlights you’ll read here are just a fraction of the creative projects attempting to solve real-world problems the grants programs have funded. 

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2017 Annual Report

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

Western SARE's Annual Report for 2017.

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Boosting Agricultural Production through Water Use Efficiency

From the Field Publication

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

Western SARE has played a key role in addressing the water research needs of our region’s farmers and ranchers by funding high quality research conducted in collaboration with producers. This publication highlights five Western SARE-funded initiatives in the areas of low water use crops, partial root zone drying techniques, efficient water use technologies, and linking farmer-friendly water use efficiency programs to achieve state water policy goals.

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2016 Annual Report

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

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.

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Sustainable Agriculture in the Pacific Islands

Highlights of Western SARE Projects in Guam, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Islands and American Samoa

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

To meet the needs of the diverse communities of the Pacific Islands and address their challenges, Western SARE has invested close to $2.9 million in funding since 1994 to Guam, the Federated States of Micronesia, America Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The funding has advanced projects like the ones you’ll read about in this report, such as combating plant disease in key crops, building direct links between farmers and chefs, and creating integrated vegetable and livestock systems. Western SARE is proud to be a partner with growers and agriculture leaders in the Pacific Islands as they boost their agricultural production and income to meet the food needs of their communities.

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Habitat Plantings and Restoration for Pollinators and Beneficial Insects

From the Field Publication

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

Pollinators and beneficial insects are critical for healthy agricultural landscapes and many of the crops grown in the West.The encouragement of native bee populations on-farm is more important than ever due to Colony Collapse Disorder and other pests. Restoring native habitats, identifying plants that provide the best food and habitat, and understanding nesting behaviors are all essential to conserve pollinators and beneficial insects. A restored habitat with healthy populations of native beneficial insects can in turn reduce chemical inputs. Western SARE has played a key role in addressing research needs of our region’s farmers and ranchers by funding high quality research conducted in collaboration with producers. This publication highlights four Western SARE-funded initiatives that provide cutting-edge information for creating on-farm habitat and implementing best practices that support pollinators and beneficial insects.

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Impact of Graduate Students in Sustainable Agriculture Grants

From the Field Publication

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

As Western SARE approached its 20th anniversary funding noteworthy sustainable agriculture research and outreach, the Administrative Council explored ideas to train the next generation of scientists and ag professionals. To help “grow” a well-trained new generation, the Administrative Council initiated the Graduate  Student Grants in Sustainable Agriculture program in 2005 with an initial allocation of $100,000. That year, 10 projects were funded out of 25 submitted proposals. Since then, 78 projects have been funded for a total of $1,470,666.

Overall the grants program is a solid investment in the future of sustainable agriculture in the West and U.S. This publication highlights six high quality graduate student projects.

Western SARE Subregional Materials

Review and download dozens of handouts and posters from seven listening sessions held around the Western Region. Please note that all documents will open as a PDF.

Sustainable Livestock Grazing Management

From the Field Publication

Type: Western SARE Fact Sheet

The Western region ranching community needs reliable research-based information on sustainable livestock grazing practices and the true impacts of grazing on the land. Western SARE has played a key role in addressing the research needs of livestock producers. In 26 years, Western SARE has funded over 90 projects related to livestock management in the western states. A significant portion of this portfolio addresses sustainable grazing management on rangelands and in riparian areas. The four projects highlighted in this publication represent high quality research conducted in collaboration with producers and the effective outreach that gets research results into the hands of producers, ag professionals, and land managers.

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National SARE Fact Sheets

Agricultural Innovations translate the best SARE research into topic-specific, peer-reviewed, how-to fact sheets for farmers and agricultural educators. 

 

Available Grants

The Research and Education Call for Pre-Proposals is now open. Proposals are due May 28.

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Farmer and Rancher Research

Read highlights from successful research projects led by innovative farmers and ranchers in the West in this 12-page report.