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Adapting to a Changing Climate
Western SARE has released our 28-page publication, Adapting to a Changing Climate: How Western SARE is Meeting the Needs of a Warming West. More and more, and louder and louder, farmers and ranchers are telling Western SARE that climate change is here and hampering their ability to produce the food and fiber we all depend on. Looking back through the grant proposals we’ve received and the projects we’ve funded, the trends are clear. Before 2005, the number of proposals focused on climate change was in the single digits annually. From 2006 to 2016 it was in the teens. Since then, the number has grown into the 20s and 30s. This report highlights just a sample of the innovative climate-related projects we have funded and research we’ve supported. As you’ll see, it’s as varied and diverse as the American West itself. Read 16 stories about Farms and Drought; Forests and Fires; Pacific Islands and Sea Levels; and Rangelands and Ranching.Download or order report
What is Sustainable Agriculture
How do we produce and distribute food, fuel, and fiber sustainably? While every strategy varies, SARE embraces three broad goals: profit over the long term; stewardship of our nation’s land, air, and water; and quality of life for farmers, ranchers, and their communities.Learn more
The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (Western SARE) is seeking applicants for qualified individuals for three positions representing either 1) non-government organizations, 2) agri-business, and 3) farmer/rancher on the Western SARE Administrative Council (AC).Learn More & Apply
Save the Date!
Save the date for our Building Partnerships for Agricultural Sustainability Summit (BPASS) - an interactive and informational summit, centered on bringing together individuals and groups actively working in the sustainable agriculture field. Summit objectives are to foster opportunities for participants to share program information, develop relationships, and network among nonprofit, extension and the Western SARE organization. Ultimately, participants will develop a better understanding of how to work together to address the most critical issues facing sustainable agriculture. This summit will be held December 12-13, 2023 in Phoenix, AZ.Learn About Summit
Listen to Latest EpisodeFresh Growth: Approaches to a More Sustainable Future from Western Ag Practitioners introduces you to farmers and ranchers from around the western United States who are finding innovative sustainable practices that enrich the natural resources we all care about. These successful multi-generational operations experiment with new ideas and are making it pay. Listen in as they tell their story and provide advice for young or beginning farmers.
Stories from the West
The Quest: Create Low-Emission Cattle
As cows digest grasses and other cellulose-rich plants, microbes in their large first stomach – the rumen –break down the feed, releasing the potent greenhouse gas methane as a natural fermentation byproduct. Research is ongoing into seaweed and other additives to traditional forages to reduce methane production, creating low-emission feeds. But what if you created […]
About Western SARE
Western SARE provides competitive grants and educational opportunities in Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Federated States of Micronesia, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Marianas Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Farmers are very interested now, and the ag professionals who have gone through the training are educating farmers in the practice.