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Update on North Dakota SARE (1/29/2013)

I am pleased to announce that Karl Hoppe, area livestock systems specialist at the Carrington REC, will serve as our new Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) co-coordinator along with Bill Hodous, Ramsey County Extension agent. Karl will be taking over for Ron Wiederholt on Feb. 1, 2013.  I look forward to Bill and Karl’s leadership on extending the program activities that SARE provides to North Dakota. This includes professional development and training opportunities for our Extension staff and other professionals. It also includes many grant opportunities that fit our mission. Here are a few examples from the 2012 funding year:

  • Carl Dahlen – Research and Education Project, $199,995, “Evaluating the Sustainability of Beef Cattle Breeding Systems”
  • Glenn Muske and Abby Gold – Professional Development Program Project, $74,908, “Expanding Opportunities for Sustainable Small Farm Specialty Crop Producers: Training Educators in Feasibility Analysis, Marketing, and Community Building”
  • Michelle Effertz – Youth Educator Project, $1,998, “Western ND 4-H Camp SARE Garden”
  • Rick Schmidt – Youth Educator Project, $1,982, “Utilizing Cover Crops for Sheep”

You can read more about these and other projects at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Recent-Grant-Projects.

While we have been very successful in tapping into SARE grant resources in these three areas, we haven’t been as successful with the Farmer Rancher Grant Project. Of 53 North Central grants in 2012, none were awarded to North Dakota. This could be a great resource for agents and specialists to work with our clientele as they adopt new production practices. Bill and Karl will be your contacts if you have questions about these and other SARE programs. Thank you to them and all who are involved with SARE.   

Chris Boerboom, Extension Director

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