Conservation Buffers in Organic Systems
Conservation Buffers provides guidance on installing buffers in organic production systems to meet the USDA National Organic Program NOP regulations.
Metropolitan Foodshed Toolkit
A toolkit of strategies to support the evolution of a sustainable Portland Metropolitan Foodshed.
Building Soils in Alaska Communities
Many Alaska communities have stated an interest in food production but perceive that a lack of adequate soils inhibits gardening. Most Alaskan producers confront related soil problems, such as thin root zones, nutrient-poor soils with low organic material contents, and some issues with permafrost. Despite the high cost of shipping, some producers actually import all of their garden soils from the continental United States on a barge, unaware that many of the necessary soil components can be found locally. This video demonstrates soil building and raised bed construction.
Pineapple Production in CMNI
Farmer Joe Borja showcases his increasing production of pineapple in the Marianas Islands.
Tea Time in the Tropics
This book critically evaluates the phenomenon of compost tea and provides a thorough discussion of the composition and process of making compost.
Sustainable Ranch Management Assessment Guidebook
The purpose of the guidebook is to assist the rancher and/or land manager use business planning and ecological monitoring to ensure the ranch or land is managed in a sustainable manner.
Pasture and Grazing Management in the Pacific Northwest
A book that provides knowledge of ecological processes involved in pasture growth and utilization and an understanding of how management influence those processes for good or bad.
Biological Soil Crusts
Cheryl McIntyre investigates the influence of biocrusts on the establishment of native perennial grasses and cheatgrass and the conditions under which biocrusts might make rangelands more resistant to exotic grass invasion, and thereby serve as a potential restoration tool for producers.
Anaerobic Soil Disinfestation to Control Soil Borne Pathogens Webinar
Administrative Council Vacancies
The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is seeking immediate nominations or self-nominations for a qualified individual to represent non-government organizations involved with underrepresented agriculture groups. There will also be an opening for a second position to represent agri-business (preferably in the processing sector) available in early March 2021. Oversight of research needs, competitive […]
Funded Grants on Diverse Ag Topics
Western SARE funding is important for many reasons. It helps researchers develop and test new sustainable farming and ranching techniques. It helps university extension agents and other agricultural professionals get that new knowledge into the hands of producers. And it helps farmers and ranchers conduct their own research on their own land, testing out new […]
Hawaii and the Pacific Islands Face Unique Challenges During the COVID-19 Crisis
The agriculture community in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands is feeling the same impacts from COVID-19 as the mainland. But in addition, the islands face the added challenges of remoteness and having tourism-dependent economies. The loss of tourism is a huge impact for all of the food system. Restaurants rely on tourists and the local […]
Earwigs Found to be Beneficial in Apple Orchards
Fresh Growth Podcast
Helping Farmers Profit with Winter Squash
Increasing Professional Knowledge of High Tunnels in Alaska
Improving Breadfruit Production in Hawai‘i
Using Beneficial Insects to Combat Pests and Engage Growers
Adapting Cut Flower Production for Utah’s Climate and Soils
Responses to COVID-19 in Western Ag
Agriculture in the Western Region has been greatly impacted by COVID-19 and its resulting Shelter in Place orders, labor and processing challenges, and strongly shifting consumer behaviors and markets. It has also become clear that our agricultural community has been responding quickly and creatively. Western SARE cares about our community and feels a responsibility to share ideas and strategies. Toward that end, we conducted a survey of our state coordinators and project leaders of grants funded in the past three years. The data and examples are listed below. We will also create a report from this information, along with ideas provided on how Western SARE itself should adapt to the crisis.