Volume 2, Issue 6, March 31, 2015

Personnel Update

  • Jeff Stachler is the new Auglaize County ANR Educator, starting on March 26. Welcome back to OSU Jeff!
  • Union county ANR state and county interviews were on March 4 and 10, respectively.
  • Trumbull County ANR has been reposted with state interviews on April 1
  • Hocking County ANR has been reposted with state and county interviews TBD.
  • OSUE is beginning the process to hire new SE and SW Region Directors. I am the search committee chair, along with Cindy Torppa as Co-chair. We are waiting for formal approval of the positions prior to forming the search committee. More information will be forth coming.


Congratulations to Sam Custer for receiving the Darke County Chamber Agriculture Advocacy Award. This recognition came with proclamations from: Gov Kasich and Lt. Gov Taylor, Senate President and Senator Beagle, State Reps Buchy and Huffman, Director Daniels of the Ohio Dept of Agriculture, and State Treasurer Mandel. Way to bring home the hardware Sam!

Farm Bill Program Charges

If you have outstanding Farm Bill related charges, please submit those through erequest ASAP. Farm Bill programs are winding down, and we want to make sure all billing is complete before the funding expires.

Campus Campaign

It’s that time of year again to show our Buckeye pride and give back to the University through the Campus Campaign (http://cfaes.osu.edu/development/events/campus-campaign-2015-is-here). In 2014, our college had its highest number of donors ever, increased support across all campuses and received university-wide recognition amongst our peers. Your efforts and support made that possible. Thank you!

This year, we have set an ambitious yet attainable goal of 45% participation and we’re already over halfway there! As of February 4th, 27% of our college has already given back to a fund of their choice. Campus Campaign 2015 runs through April 30th, and every gift counts, no matter the size. Your participation is key! Please join us in meeting our goal.

There are two ANR development accounts I’d like you to keep in mind as you prepare to make your gift to the University. They are fund numbers:

  • 305079- AG/NR Team Support: -this helps support ANR team activities
  • 312761- OSUE AG/NR Edu Prof Imprfd: To be used for OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators for Professional Improvement, recognition and other needs to support their profession

Campus campaign runs from March 1 through April 30. If you have questions, or need more information, feel free to contact Rachel Schrock.

Verbiage to insure a landowner hosting an OSU program is insured

Please see below for verbiage that can be put on OSU letterhead that insures a landowner for hosting an OSU program. Note that the letter should be signed before the program date. This can be used for any landowner. Municipalities should have their own insurance; what you see below is more geared for private homeowners and landowners.

Dear [Landowner],

Thank you for permitting participants in the Ohio State University Extension [Name] program to access your property for purposes of conducting a nature walk on [date(s)]. Should you know of any condition on your property that may be hazardous or that you wish the [Name] program to avoid, please let me know prior to [date of program]. In consideration for granting such access, you are hereby named as an additional insured on the Ohio State University’s program of insurance for purposes of this activity. You may access evidence of our insurance information by going to http://u.osu.edu/treasurer/files/2014/09/The-Ohio-State-University_GL-Ce....
We appreciate your support of the Ohio State University Extension program.



Academic Unit Updates

Department of Agriculture Communication, Education, and Leadership

The department has been very busy over the past two semesters preparing our future communicators, educators and leaders in their careers in the agricultural industry. We’re the ones who have students and faculty traveling around the United States and the world for internship, educational, and research opportunities and to share their agricultural story.

Our Educational Opportunities are Endless - In our department we offer three majors – agricultural communication, agriscience education, and community leadership. The community leadership has two specializations – community and extension education and leadership. We also offer four minors – agricultural communication, community outreach education, leadership studies, and youth development.

Our graduate program in agricultural and extension education is known nationwide for its excellent students and outstanding faculty. We offer both a master’s degree and Ph.D. program. Candidates in the master’s program can specialize in one of five areas – agricultural communication, agricultural education, community and extension education, international development, and leadership. There is also an online option for the master’s program.

Admitted Students Numbers Growing - As the application deadline for Autumn 2015 freshmen passed on February 1, the department has begun to see admitted student numbers increase.

These students will study agricultural communication, agriscience education, and community leadership and represent both out of state students and all regions of Ohio. One exciting change for 2015, applications for agriscience education increased 22% from 2014. We are excited for these future Buckeyes to join the more than 160 undergraduate students in the department in August.

Five Students Selected as Outstanding CFAES Seniors

Our department is known for students with outstanding academics and involvement. This year, five of our graduating seniors have been selected as Outstanding Seniors in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences after an application and interview process:

  • Kelly Fager (agricultural communication, Waseon, Ohio)
  • Michelle King (community leadership, Xenia, Ohio)
  • Megan Moorman (agriscience education, Xenia, Ohio)
  • Stacie Seger (agricultural 3 communication, Ft. Laromie, Ohio)
  • Erin Williams (agricultural communication, McConnelsville, Ohio)

This honor is presented to 20 students each year at the College’s Annual Recognition Program. The program this year will be on Thursday, April 16 at the Ohio Union.

Seger was also selected as an Outstanding Senior at the university level. She will be recognized at the 2015 Leadership Awards on Friday, April 10 hosted by the Keith B. Key Center for Student Leadership and Service at the Ohio Union.

2nd annual ACEL Banquet - On April 21, ACEL will host students, faculty, staff and honored guests at their department recognition program. The theme for this year “It’s a Wrap” will highlight scholarship recipients, graduating seniors and graduate students, as well as other achievements from throughout the “sweet” year. If anyone is interested in attending, tickets cost $5 with the option to sponsor student tickets. Email Emily at wickham.24@osu.edu for additional information.

Study Abroad Trips Offered During Maymester - In May, our students will be studying abroad in three countries. A group will travel to Choluteca, Honduras in Central America to participate in a Community Development study abroad program. They will learn about Honduran issues related to agriculture, education and international development through community outreach and education about needs and practices. The students will complete a project to create learning modules and teach local residents how to create a community garden.

During this same time, an agricultural and environmental communication study abroad will visit England and Scotland in Europe. These students will concentrate on English food and agricultural issues and the ways through which mass media communication and education the public about these issues. During their time abroad, the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the Royal Agricultural College will be available to the students.

ACEL offers Master’s degree online - If you’re seeking a graduate degree, available to place-bound working professionals, the online Master of Science in the Agricultural and Extension Education program at Ohio State may be a fit for you.

The online Master of Science degree is targeted to working professionals who need access to graduate education to advance personal and professional goals. Students admitted to the program take courses in agricultural communication, community and extension education, agricultural education, and leadership.

Students completing a Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education will acquire knowledge and skills in foundational disciplines to plan, implement, and evaluate education and communication programs in food, agricultural, and environmental sciences. Multiple students have completed their Master’s education through the online option since it began in 2012.

If you are interested in learning more about the online Master’s degree, as well as the Tuition Assistance program for Ohio State employees, email Dr. Scott Scheer, graduate studies chair, or call him at 614-292-6758.

Follow the Department on Social Media - The department has an active presence on social media, sharing photos and updates on the activities of our undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff. Follow ACEL on twitter (@ACELatOSU), Instagram (@ACELatOSU), facebook (facebook.com/ACELatOSU), and YouTube (youtube.com/ACELatOSU).

During autumn semester, the department started a blog (u.osu.edu/acel) where students, faculty, staff, and alumni could share about their courses, internships, student life, and study abroad experiences. This blog is shared with all current students, as well as prospective students wishing to learn more about the offered programs and the personal experiences of our students and alumni.

Anyone who wishes to submit a blog post should visit acel.osu.edu/submitblogpost.

EERA Update

Top of Ohio

Dairy and Crop Farm Bill meetings got Hardin County farmers in the habit of attending winter meetings. The Conservation Tillage Club meetings planned along with Logan and Union Counties continued our educational programming into February. Since then, Hardin County has been bursting with activity recently with dairy and horse banquets in February and lamb, pork, and beef banquets in March. March is also the time for the spring coming out event in Hardin County, the Ag Society’s farm machinery consignment sale. Fertilizer Applicator Certification Trainings were held in Ada and Mt. Victory. Pesticide Applicator Training was also held in Mt. Victory this year to allow for a larger location to combine pesticide and fertilizer trainings. A produce safety Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) class was held at the Scioto Valley Produce Auction to train both Amish and English fruit and vegetable growers. It’s been a busy winter with Sheep and Goat Webinars, Ohio Beef School programs, agronomy webinars, and traveling around the EERA to help with pesticide training. The Conservation Tillage and Technology Conference (CTC) had a great turnout and there were many outstanding presentations. County agriculture activities also kept things interesting with Produce Growers, Men’s Garden Club, Pork Producers, Sheep Improvement Association, Cattle Producers, Dairy Service Unit, Kenton Ag Ed/FFA Advisory, Soil and Water Conservation District, and Farm Bureau meetings. The Master Gardener Volunteers have had their first meeting of the year and are busy planning a group of educational programs for the upcoming year.

Team and Program Updates

Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist Program Update

The OCVN program has been undergoing a comprehensive strategic planning process, led by Anne Baird, OCVN State Program Coordinator. The first phase of the strategic planning process involved a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis through interviews with OCVN program coordinators around the state. In general, we found that the program provides an excellent educational value to participants and in turn participants provide outstanding volunteer service to OSU Extension and partner organizations such as state parks, park districts, arboretums, and nature centers. Participants value their affiliation with The Ohio State University and the opportunity to network with other volunteers who have a passion for nature, outdoor education, lifelong learning, community service, and conservation. One of the major weaknesses of the program is the inconsistency in how the program is structured across counties. In an effort to address this inconsistency, we are in the process of developing program policies that will clearly define roles and responsibilities of the county extension offices, the state OCVN Program leaders, and volunteers. Extension administration and OCVN program coordinators have reviewed the first broad policy statement, which will be shared with partner organizations and volunteers in the coming weeks and months.

In the meantime, the state program leaders will be preparing for an orientation meeting this summer for any OSU Extension County Educators and Program Assistants who will be starting a new OCVN program this year. We are currently aware of four programs that will be starting this year in Richland, Knox, Belmont, and Erie counties.

Finally, the 2015 OCVN State Conference is being hosted by the Hocking Hills OCVN Chapter at Camp Oty’okwa April 24-25. The conference reached registration capacity more than a month out! Many of your OSU Extension colleagues will be presenting at this highly anticipated event.

Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP)

County Meetings: PAT and FACT meetings have been in full swing in the counties; Private PAT meetings will finish up by the March 31 private deadline, but a few FACT meetings are scheduled for early April. Counties have reported approximately 2800 farmers trained in PAT meetings, and 5912 have been certified in FACT meetings according to the ODA. All available private recertification proceedings and fertilizer certification manuals have been distributed to the counties. There should still be approximately 4000 fertilizer books in circulation in the counties since 10,000 were printed.

PAT & FACT notes:

  • Evaluations: Please continue to turn in county PAT and FACT evaluations to PSEP. Thanks for your cooperation in reading the required IRB script for the 3-hour meeting evaluations. If you have an interest in the survey data, or in working collaboratively to publish the data, please contact Mimi Rose.
  • 3-hour meeting expenses: After each three- hour FACT meeting, PSEP will send the meeting planner forms to enter expenses. Send the form back to us with chartfields to process fund transfers. For mileage, we only need names of educators, miles traveled and chartfields. We do not need mapquests. Receipts are needed for event hall and equipment rental. Lodging can be refunded on a limited basis since there is a per-meeting cap on expenses; receipts would be required. If you had no 3-hour meeting expenses, please let us know.
  • Miscellaneous: Be sure that only pesticide applicators attend the 2-hour FACT meetings.
  • Inform the fertilizer applicators that once certified, they must keep the fertilizer records; they cannot wait until September 2017.

New Private Applicator Training

PowerPoint presentations for counties to use for new private applicator training have been rebranded and posted on the PSEP website http://pested.osu.edu/trainingmaterials.html. These PowerPoints correspond to the units in OSU Bulletin 825, “Applying Pesticides Correctly.” These materials are also found in BOX under Pesticide Applicator Training/Private New Applicator Materials. The Private New Applicator Materials BOX file includes additional PowerPoints on “Protecting the Applicator and the Environment” and “Category 1: Grain and Cereal Crops.”

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Recertification News

New Programs: On April 21, PSEP will offer a new commercial applicator training in structural pest control (category 10a) at the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Dave Shetlar will be leading this training. Educators interested in this pest control training may attend for free. For more information contact us. This fall we will offer a smaller, “last chance” commercial recertification program on September 15 at the 4-H Center in Columbus. This program will focus on urban clientele and the commercial recertification categories appropriate for that audience.

2015 Commercial Conferences: Good weather and a strong program contributed to excellent attendance at the four commercial conferences this winter in Akron (747), Columbus (1120), Dayton (924), and Sandusky (768). Many thanks to those that contributed to a very successful season by speaking, moderating, or assisting at registration!

Dates for the 2016 Commercial Recertification Conferences have been set:

  • January 28, 2016 (Thursday) – Sandusky, Kalahari Convention Center
  • February 3, 2016 (Wednesday) – Akron, John S. Knight Center 7
  • February 17, 2016 (Wednesday) – Dayton Convention Center
  • March 1, 2016 (Tuesday) – Columbus Convention Center

Other Important Dates
Pesticide In-service – December 15-16, 2015. 4-H Center, Columbus, OH.
Pesticide Advisory Committee. Each EERA has a representative to the Pesticide Advisory Committee meeting which will be held April 24. Please communicate with your EERA rep if you have issues that would be helpful to discuss with other EERAs at this meeting. The current representatives include: Maumee Valley: Eric Richer, Erie Basin: Tim Malinich, Western Reserve: Erik Draper, Crossroads: Rory Lewandowski, Buckeye Hills: Mark Landefeld, Ohio Valley: David Dugan, Miami Valley: Tony Nye, Top of Ohio: Debbie Brown, Heart of Ohio: Mike Estadt. Thanks to all advisory members for your service and dedication to continuous quality improvement to PAT!

Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water

Nutrient Stewardship for Cleaner Water is a new Signature Program which was implemented in 2014.

Implementation: Implementation has been timely; due to the heightened attention on water quality and nutrient effects in Grand Lake St. Mary’s, Lake Erie and Ohio River Watersheds, farmer awareness is at an all-time high. Those who are economic/conservation minded are looking for Best Management Practices (BMPs) that will keep their nutrients in their fields. Concerns about mandatory programs in the future, if voluntary programs are not implemented, are a driver as well. Private and government sectors have been supportive.

Education is a key component of the signature program. 3,085 producers and agri-business persons across Ohio have received water quality education from 50 OSU Extension Educators; 2,807 of those participants received nutrient stewardship for cleaner water as reported by 39 OSU Extension employees.

More than 100 meetings have already been planned and advertised for 2015 throughout the state. Each county will host a minimum of one meeting.

Program Achievements: 33% of OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators have conducted on-farm and field trials of best management practices of application method, timing and nutrient rates. Another 12% will be conducting on-farm research in 2015. Research completed will be used to educate producers on the reduction of run-off of nutrients

Educators report that 82% of OSU Extension clientele have adopted soil testing and 49% follow Tri-state fertilizer recommendations for agronomic and other crops and are using organic and inorganic nutrient sources for optimal crop production.

Fertilizer recommendation calculators can be found on the Ag Crops web site at www.agcrops.osu.edu. Best management practices have been developed and are being vetted.

Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training by Extension Educators is emphasizing the optimization of the efficiency of fertilizer use by incorporating the 4R concept: the Right fertilizer source (91%), at the Right rate (89%), at the Right time (81%) and in the Right place (73%).

Fertilizer Training curriculum was developed by more than 20 OSU Extension faculty and staff, using the latest research and findings to address the current environmental, agronomic and economic issues.

Agriculture and Natural Resources Educators and Program Coordinators from across the state participated in an intense educational in-service to provide training and consultation to their clientele.

OSU Extension responded quickly to the August 2, 2014, City of Toledo “Do not Drink” order. Three Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training meetings were held in Northwest Ohio in September and October with nearly 800 farmers and commercial applicators in in attendance. We found the following from participants of those meetings:

  • 80% agreed or strongly agreed that farm field phosphorous is a significant problem to our water resources (streams, rivers, lakes).
  • 50% agreed or strongly agreed that they would change their nutrient management practices as a result of the meeting.
  • 38% responded that they were neutral indicating a willingness to listen.

Since the roll out of the program, more than 3000 famers and commercial applicators have been trained.

Over 130,000 persons had the opportunity to visit and discuss nutrient management at the demonstration plots at the 2014 Farm Science Review.

Grants have been secured to hire persons to assist in developing voluntary Nutrient Management Plans that include crop recommendations and site environmental risk assessments developed by producers.

Fields with high nutrient loss risk are being identified. The implementation of appropriate cost effective Best Management Practices on these fields will be studied for effectiveness of reduction of nutrient loss.

Currently there are branded templates for flyers, brochures and PowerPoints available. Be Part of the Solution window clings have been distributed to Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training completers and to others to further promote the program, college and university. Tri-fold flyers are near completion and On Farm Research yard signs should be available for the March Agronomy Team meeting.

Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network

March is Women’s History Month

Buckeye Voices Blog – this is a co-authored article that Heather Neikirk and Gigi Neal put together for the Buckeye Voices Blog to celebrate Women’s History Month in March.

“Deep Connections to the Land” - During Women's History Month, OSU Extension educators Nanette Neal and Heather Neikirk discuss how Ohio State supports the ever-growing population of women in agriculture.

“If you ate today, thank a farm-HER!” - March is Women’s History Month; what better time to reap the harvest of the women who defined our agricultural history? This post is a testament and tribute to farm wives and female farm operators for their grit, confidence, determination, contributions, advocacy and labor in ensuring a safe, prosperous and generous food supply and preserving value for rural living for generations past, present and future.

An evolving legacy - Women’s roles in agricultural history have deep roots. They are anchored in North American history with the Native American women who grew corn, beans and other crops, gardened and often controlled how those staples were distributed.

Early frontier and pioneer women likewise farmed with their husbands and children, providing labor and management, operating the farming equipment of the day and herding livestock, all in a delicate balance with keeping the farm household and establishing a small side business to support trade for other staples.

“We hear today much talk about woman’s duty and woman’s sphere; the various industries opening their doors to woman; her capabilities, and the victory that awaits her when she shall have done her work wisely and well. ... A farmer’s wife is the busiest of her sex, and finds but little time, and often less inclination, to cultivate and care for herself,” stated Harriet Alexander of Point Marblehead, Ohio, in her article “A Farmer’s Wife; Her Duty to Herself,” submitted in the 1884 Ohio State Board of Agriculture report to the Ohio General Assembly.

Throughout history, women in agriculture have seen strong directional shifts in their farm roles. Post-World War I saw women focusing on the home and children, while after World War II, women went to work off the farm. Today’s trend shows women re-engaging as farm operators to use their skills and become actively, if not solely, involved in the leadership of the operation.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 30 percent of farm operators are women on the national level. In Ohio, 28 percent of operators are female: 31,413 women out of 113,624 total operators. Ohio’s largest concentration of female farm operators is located in 10 of its eastern counties, which boast more than 500 women farm operators per county.

Support for female farmers - As a land-grant institution, Ohio State has a responsibility to support and provide resources for these thousands of women who are making their living off the land. The goal of Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network (OWIALN) is to help women in agriculture improve their quality of life by providing them with resources to make better business decisions, while maintaining a balance with family and personal obligations.

This national initiative is developing a new portal for education, technical assistance and support of women farmers, ranchers and producers. The OWIALN shares the same goals and collaborates on programs with the eXtension Women in Agriculture Learning Network, which offers educational workshops, e-newsletters, webinars and more.

Opportunities to engage today’s women in agriculture are sprouting up across the nation. Krysta Harden, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, just announced the “Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network.” She states, “I am truly excited by the passion and confidence I continue to see in women in agriculture across the country. In the office, on the road, I am constantly stopped by young women looking to find mentorship, or current leaders looking to lift up our next generation.” Join the Women in Agriculture Mentoring Network by emailing agwomenlead@usda.gov.

The East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference, open to women and students who are interested, involved in or want to become involved in food, agricultural and natural resources production or small business, will be held on Friday, March 27, 2015, in New Philadelphia, Ohio. Interested women also can follow updates about the conference and stay connected by subscribing to a new blog, East Ohio Women in Agriculture: Growing Confidence and Connections.

And let us not forget the need for education on risk management. Women in agriculture will feel empowered to be better business partners and industry leaders after participating in an Annie’s Project workshop on “Risk Management,” “Managing for Today and Tomorrow” or “Moving Beyond the Basics.” Information can be found online atextension.iastate.edu/annie/.

To join the Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network, contact coordinators Gigi Neal at 513-732-7070 or neal.331@osu.edu or Heather Neikirk at 330-830-7700 or neikirk.2@osu.edu.

Annie’s Project Update

• Washington, Lucas and Henry Counties have completed their series with approximately 60 individuals being trained.
• Paulding County is in session at this time
• Medina/Cuyahoga are recruiting participants with a start date of April 16.
• Coshocton is planning a program for the fall.

Medina/Cuyahoga Annie’s Project Information

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:30pm
Rotating between A.I. Root Candle Company in Medina on West Liberty St and the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds on Bagley Rd in Berea.
Contact email: kulhanek.5@osu.edu
Contact name:
Ashley Kulhanek
Contact phone:

East Ohio Women in Ag Conference will be March 27, 2015 at Kent State –Tuscarawas Campus. Approximately 100 women are participating with 3 breakouts and twelve speaker topics to choose. There is even a young women track for high school students being taught by Ohio FFA Officers. More information can be found at http://aglaw.osu.edu/events/east-ohio-women-agriculture-conference

Global Ties/Women Farm/ OSUE Ohio Women in Ag Learning Network - On March 16, 2015, Heather Neikirk, Stark County and Gigi Neal, Clermont County, hosted 10 women from the Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Women’s Economic Empowerment through the request of International Visitor Leadership Program. This event was coordinated with Sharon Sachs of Women Farm through Global Ties. Representatives were from Burma, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, and Cambodia.

Our morning started out at Local Roots in Wooster, Ohio with Monica Bongue, founding and board member of this farmer’s market/local food initiative. Monica gave an over view of Local Roots and the business plan and concepts behind the creation of the store from the start to present. Monica spoke about her own farm Muddy Fork where she has built up a Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). Everyone was able to enjoy Local Roots prepared foods and/or local food for lunch. One participant was so glad to see lasagna in the store case for her lunch, funny how we have our favorite non-native foods when we travel.

During a working lunch, Heather and Gigi welcomed Andy Londo, OSU Agriculture and Natural Resources, Assistant Director to bring greetings from main campus and to talk about the Land Grant System in the United States. These women do not have this type of research or outreach in their countries, so many questions were asked. The topic of water quality, pesticide and fertilizer application came up as a question from one of the participants in regards to how we regulate. It was interesting to hear her country was having the same water quality concerns that we are having but they only regulate the rice production.

In the afternoon we traveled to Minerva in Stark County where we visited the Alpaca Spring Valley Farm/Natural Approach Farm Store created and operated by Alice Rocco a Certified Natural Healer. Alice talked about how she built her alpaca farm and product line from scratch and is now building her fiber market to not only include traditional fiber products but insulation with an R-value of 16 & 24. The LMI visitors were extremely pleased to pet the alpaca’s and feed them carrots. They do not have alpaca’s in their part of the world, so we they were very excited adult “children” like when receiving a new puppy.

We concluded our visit in her store where she explained her natural healing line of products and traditional natural fiber clothing. The LMI group loaded their bus to return to Cleveland where they were preparing to fly to Los Angeles the next day to continue their Women in Agriculture tour.

It was a very stimulating, engaging and gratifying day to be with the International Women, not only to educate them on Ohio Women in Agriculture and the Land Grant System, but to learn more about their cultures and aspirations for taking our, American, knowledge back to their country.

NC SARE Professional Development Program Call for Proposals

The 2015 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program’s (NCR-SARE) Professional Development Program Call for Proposals is now available online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Our-Grant-Programs/Professional-D...

NCR-SARE’s Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system.

Projects can be up to three years in duration, and funding level is capped at $75,000 total for each project, but projects requesting less than full amount are encouraged. Approximately $675,000 will be available for funding projects.

A special aspect of the 2015 NCR-SARE PDP call for proposals is that up to $450,000 of the total pool of funds is available for projects focused on cover crops and soil health. More details can be found in the call for proposals.

Proposals on other topics relevant to sustainable agriculture will also be considered for funding.

Any questions regarding the NCR-SARE Professional Development Grant Program should be addressed to PDP Regional Coordinator, Dr. Rob Myers at 573-882-1547 or myersrob@missouri.edu. The deadline for proposals is 4:00 pm CDT on Thursday, April 2, 2015.https://agnr.osu.edu/overstory