Western SARE "Simply Sustainable" Winter Issue Released
Simply Sustainable Newsletter
Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education releases a quarterly newsletter, entitled "Simply Sustainable." The most recent winter edition includes an excerpt about Utah State University's recent Extension Sustainability Summit, which was a partnership between the Western Rural Development Center, USU Extension Sustainability, and Western SARE. The most recent newsletter can be found free of cost here and includes:
- Rehabilitating Degraded Grassland
- Compost Trainings
- Spotlight on Hawaii
- Cover Crop Gathering
- Writing a Successful Proposal
- Extension Sustainability Summit
As stated by Phil Rasmussen, Coordinator of Western SARE: "Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has been breathing life into agricultural profitability, environmental integrity and community strength. In the more than 20 years since its inception, Western SARE has grown into a thriving program that has distributed over $50 million throughout the entire western region. As Western SARE Regional Coordinator at the host institution, Utah State University, I have been, and remain, privileged to work with hundreds of people engaged in sustaining western agriculture – farmers, ranchers and leaders from universities, agribusiness, government and nonprofit organizations.
Our goal is to foster sustainability through grants that enable cutting-edge research and education to open windows on sustainability across the West. Another goal has been to administer the program fairly and equitably. I feel confident in saying that we can "stand on our record" for both.
Western SARE is committed to engaging farmers and ranchers through requiring that all grant proposals include producer participation and demonstrate outreach to producers, assigning seats to producers on the decision-making Administrative Council and sponsoring sub-regional listening sessions.
As Western SARE works its way through its third decade, we look forward to future growth and futher measurable outcomes to truly sustain to western agriculture for generations to come."
You can access the newsletter for free here.