Sustainable Agriculture Defined

Sustainable Agriculture is a grassroots movement to revitalize the small family farm. This new breed of farmer works as hard at marketing as he does figuring out what he is going to grow or raise each season. Hes innovative and he is also a social, economic and ecological pioneer. His life is based on doing what he feels is right for his family, his community and the world. Bottom line, what we all do today should not adversely affect tomorrow.

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE)

Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program is part of USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, is managed in partnership with regional land grant hosts, and funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

To advance such knowledge nationwide, SARE administers a competitive grants program first funded by Congress in 1988. Grants are offered through four regions -- North Central, Northeast, South and West -- under the direction of councils that include farmers and ranchers along with representatives from universities, government, agribusiness and nonprofit organizations.

The diversity in membership of the regional administrative councils reflects SARE's commitment to serve the whole spectrum of the agricultural community. SARE's broad representation remains largely unique in federal grant funding for agriculture.

CONTACT: John W. Smith, SARE Model State Program Assistant.