What is in this article?:
- Advancing the frontier of sustainable agriculture in the Southwest
- SARE at work in Texas
- Additional SARE grants in Texas
- Breaking costly pest cycles with cover crops
- Sustainable agriculture for the Southwest.
- The goal of sustainable agriculture is to develop new ideas and methods to improve farm and ranch profitability.
- Over the last 25 years, SARE has awarded nearly $200 million for more than 5,000 initiatives that have greatly improved agriculture across the nation and around the world.
Additional SARE grants in Texas
In addition to agriculture programs in the field, professional development projects funded by SARE included but were not limited to: Achieving Rangeland Sustainability through Total Resource Management ($157,061), Sustainable Agriculture Training Initiative for Texas ($70,136), and Environmentally and Economically Sustainable Use of Rangeland ($72,570).
Direct grants to farmers supported by SARE include:
- Development of an innovative forage crop system for pasture raised swine ($8,303)
- Low Cost Geothermal Greenhouse Heating $9,999.00 Tanya Miller, Millican Farms, LLC System for Southern Climates ($9,999)
- Treating Soil Compaction Using Woven Weed Fabric ($9,886)
- Evaluation of Mulches for Organic Cantaloupe Production in Semi-Arid Regions ($9,855)
- Cover Crop Optimization for Sustainable Forage Systems on a Southern Dairy Farm ($9,872)
- Weed Control for Row Crops Using Corrugating Linerboard ($7,399)
- Sustainable Pastured Layer Research Project ($14,992)
- Increase Soil Organic Matter in Citrus Soils ($8,112)
- Crop Rotation and Rotational Grazing Study ($9,876)
- Marketing Workshop for Organic Growers and Ranchers ($7,561)
- Effects of Conservation Tillage on Water Quality in Southern Texas ($8,000)
- Cool Season and Warm Season Grasses to Stabilize Erodible Soils and Increase Profitability ($10,000)
- Native Warm Season Grasses As Alternative Hay Source to Annual Sorghum/Sudan Grasses ($9,640)
- Pecan IPM Using Black-Eyed Peas as a Trap Crop ($4,000)
- Site Specific Applications of Seed/Fertilizer/Chemicals ($10,000)
The list of diverse funded SARE projects for Texas is extensive and includes numerous on-farm grants for various projects and Community Innovation Grants, plus a number of graduate student grants.
Many of the grant projects are still underway and new projects are being added routinely.