On-farm and community-based research is the focus of the SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) program. SARE was established by Congress in 1988 as a program of the USDA to support projects that encourage the economic viability of family farms, promote ecologically sound agricultural practices, and sustain rural communities.
Northeast Region SARE – Grants and Application Information
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Decision Enabling Data Collection and Management System – 2003 Research & Education Grant
2004 Northeast Region SARE West Virginia Funded Projects
Five West Virginia Farmer/Ranchers received Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer/Rancher program grants for 2004 amounting to $25,923. They are listed below by name and project title.
- Brian Wickline, “An Economic Analysis of Precision Agriculture on Pastureland in Monroe County, WV”
- Cindy Welch, “Pastured Rabbits”
- Roy Metheney, “Evaluating Marshall Ryegrass”
- Barry Landers, “Improved Feasibility of Sustainable Salad Production”
- Karen Hyde, “Greenhouse Production of West Virginia ‘63 Tomato Seed”
2003 Northeast Region SARE West Virginia Funded Projects
Two West Virginia Farmer/Growers received Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer/Grower program grants for 2003 amounting to $9,023. They are listed below by name, affiliation, and project title.
- Isaac Lewis, Greenwood Acres Farm, “Using Pasture Poultry as a Nitrogen Return for Summer Slump Grazing of Rape for Sheep”
- Daniel Freeman, Freeman Fungi, “Yield Differences Between Log Cultivation of Shiitake Mushrooms and Indoor Enriched Blocks”
Two West Virginia Extension Service professionals received Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development program grants for 2003 amounting to $141,509. They are listed below by name, title, affiliation, and project title.
- Steven Milauskas, forest operations extension specialist, WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, “Increasing returns from farm woodlots with owner-operated processing of timber”
- Dave McGill, extension specialist, WVU Appalachian Hardwood Center, “Timber to truffles: West Virginia workshops in traditional and special forest products”
2002 Northeast Region SARE West Virginia Funded Projects
Three West Virginia Farmer/Ranchers received Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer/Grower program grants for 2003 amounting to $10,696. They are listed below by name, affiliation, and project title.
- Scott Snyder, West Virginia Herb Association, ” West Virginia Herb Growers Research Project”
- Susan Sauter, “Continuation and Refinement of Two Approaches to Farm-Grown Nitrogen”
- Haroun Hallack, Red Bud Farm, “Profitability of Ethnic Vegetable Varieties for Sale in Urban Niche Markets”
Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program awarded James Kotcom, associate professor, West Virginia University, a grant amounting to $149,968 for his project, “Comparison of Organic Farming Systems Using Off-Farm Nitrogen with and without Animals”
2001 Northeast Region SARE West Virginia Funded Projects
A total of 46 farmers in the Northeast recently received grants totaling $191,068. Awards ranged from $551 to explore whether pumpkins plants are available forage for sheep to $13,839 for the development of a year-round market for value-added farm products through freezing and vacuum packaging.
Fourteen West Virginia Farmer/Growers receiving Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Farmer/Grower program grants totaling approximately $63,000. Projects funded include:
- MyraBonhage-Hale, Evaluation Of 5 Organic Techniques On controlling Flea Beetles on Kennebec Potatoes – $755
- Van & Edna Wysong, Ginseng Production Project – $1,750
- Pam Talley, Managing Crowded Woodlots Through Shiitake Mushroom Production – $3,000
- Pam Talley, Utilizing a Living Mulch System for Specialty Cut Flower Production & Pasture Regeneration – $1,605
- Myra Paix, Christmas Lights and Deer Scents – $937
- Bill Grantham, Evaluate Forage Quality & Yield in Pastures in the Shenandoah Valley – $2,753
- Donnie Tenney, Year Round Hydroponics Tomato Production – $2,499
- Fred Hays, Expanding Local Production of Cage Cultured Hybrid Striped Bass by demonstrating an approach with Ltd. Space &
Equip. & Farmer Cooperation – $4,996
- Milford Gibson, Intensive Grazing System – $2,515
- Jason Teets, Control of Eastern Red Cedar By Nutrient Management and Intensive Grazing – $8,500
- Pam West, Sustainable Production of Specialty Cut Flowers through Improved Soil Structure – $2,154
- Daniel Cosgrove, Ginseng Grown Under Pawpaw Trees – $1,665
- Frederick Hays, Integrated Forest Farming: Medicinal Herb Cultivation Mushroom Production and Forest Restoration – $7,995
- Bill Slagle, Making the Farm Profitable Using Agroforestry – $6,000
- Sue Cosgrove, Spuds – Under Organic Mulch vs. In the Soil – $1,265
- Larry Boggs, American Chestnut Field Trial – $4,335
- Myra Bonhage-Hale, Essential Oil Distillation for West Virginia Herb Growers: A Smell Good Project – $6,035
- Sue Cosgrove, Spuds – Under Organic Mulch vs. In the Soil – $1,465
- Susan Truxell Sauter, Two Approaches to Farm-Grown Nitrogen – $2,707