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Putting the Winter Back in Winter Squash

For growers, it doesn’t matter how much you harvest. What matters is what you sell! A good example of that came out of Oregon recently, but applies broadly. Growers were having trouble producing and storing a crop they for sale in the winter into the early spring. “We heard from farmers that they weren’t making […]

Changes at PDP

Long-time Associate PDP Coordinator Al Kurki retired in September, and Western SARE welcomes Jenna Meeks and Sara Trojan as our new Associate PDP Coordinators. Al started when the PDP program was first funded, 1994. In testimonials provided by staff, Administrative Council members, and state coordinators, it was abundantly clear that his skills in evaluation and […]

Administrative Council Vacancies

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program is seeking immediate nominations or self-nominations for a qualified individual to represent agri-business. Skills and expertise in processing and marketing are especially desired, with an added focus on the meat industry. Oversight of research needs, competitive proposal reviews and budget allocation are carried out at the regional […]

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 […]

Getting Research Knowledge to Ranchers Quickly

Western SARE’s Research to Grass Roots grants have a simple goal: to get the knowledge gained in recent research into the hands of farmers and ranchers who can use it to improve their practices and profitability. A newly funded Utah project is a perfect example. It looks at the results of four previously funded Western […]

Western Ag’s Creative Strategies During COVID-19 Pandemic

Farmers and ranchers in the West have confronted considerable challenges with the COVID-19 pandemic.  They have been dealing with rapidly changing markets, supply chain slowdowns, and shortages. Strongly shifting consumer behaviors and dramatic drops in demand from restaurants and schools required them, as well as farmer organizations, to respond quickly and creatively.  Responding quickly and […]

Dr. Clayton Marlow Named Regional Coordinator

After a comprehensive search, Western SARE and Montana State University announce that Dr. Clayton Marlow has been selected as our Regional Coordinator.  “The AC is pleased with the selection of Dr. Clayton Marlow for the position of Regional Coordinator for the Western SARE program. The AC has worked with Clayton during his tenure as Interim […]

Focus on Getting Research Results Adopted

Over the years, SARE has provided millions of dollars for research into sustainable agriculture practices through competitive awards to university researchers, non-profit organizations, extension agents, and directly to farmers and ranchers.  The grant recipients conduct their research, develops education and outreach activities, and write up their results. SARE publicizes those results, through reports and newsletters […]

Regenerative Agriculture – The Next Evolution of Sustainable Farming?

Looking through all the projects funded by Western SARE since 1988, you’ll find 173 with the word “sustainable” in the title, including 11 projects funded in 2019. That’s not surprising. What might be surprising is that same 31-year period, there have been only four projects with “regenerative” in their titles – and all four of […]

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Western SARE promueve la protección los recursos naturales y biológicos sobre los cuáles se basa la agricultura, la mejoría de la calidad de vida en comunidades rurales, y el incremento en las ganancias de las operaciones agrícolas, invirtiendo en proyectos innovativos de investigación y educación en agricultura sustentable. Western SARE apoya proyectos generados por productores, […]

Growers Learn Pheromone-Based Monitoring

Growers are turning to Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools in order to reduce the use of pesticides on their farm. Pheromone-based monitoring is one such technique used to manipulate the behavior of insect pests. It is a practice that could work well in the Northern Plains; however, according to Dr. Gadi V.P. Reddy of Montana […]

Reducing Medusahead and Preparing the Land for Restoration

“Ranchers are hurting.” That one thought is why Kip Panter, Research Animal Scientist at the USDA-ARS in Utah, is passionate about the collaborative work he, other Utah-based researchers, extension professionals, and ranchers have led to restore degraded grasslands. The inspired project team, studying at three ranches, found a “really good economical way to reduce medusahead […]