2020 Model State Program- University of Florida

Progress report for SFL20-001

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2020: $11,076.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: University of Florida
Region: Southern
State: Florida
State Coordinator:
Dr. Marilyn Swisher
University of Florida
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Project Information

Abstract:

Florida activities for 2020-2021 will build upon the basic framework for the model state program. Planned activities include integrating results of SARE funded research and Extension activities, and other relevant research, and using this information as resources for educational programs. We also plan to continue to strengthen our focus on targeted training for state and county Extension faculty, representatives of non-profit organizations, representatives of state and federal government agencies, and farmer representatives. To fulfill the priorities and objectives of our program, our training funds will be used to address programs in three subject matter areas:

(1) new and emerging solutions for Florida agricultural production,

(2) advancing Extension capacity in sustainable agriculture, and

(3) entrepreneurial innovation in sustainable agriculture.

Project Objectives:
  1. Maintain existing and establish new collaborative Extension trainings and programs with faculty members and county agents at University of Florida and Florida A&M University whose work addresses sustainability in production agriculture.
  2. Extend collaboration with organizations that are active in the post-production components of food systems, particularly non-profit, state, and governmental organizations whose work fosters development of food and agriculture businesses.
  3. Support the development of Extension programs in food systems, including Regional Specialized Agents whose work includes both on-farm production and post-farm gate aspects of food system development.
  4. Expand participation of minority, women, and limited resource farmers and professionals in SARE activities and programs, ensuring that these groups are well represented in the full range of SARE-funded professional development opportunities.

Our expected outcomes are:

  1. Extension faculty will participate in SARE in-service training programs and use this information in their own programming,
  2. Extension faculty will participate in regional and national training programs in sustainable agriculture and apply the lessons learned in their own programming,
  3. at least two of the statewide Extension priority teams will include information and resources about sustainable agriculture and SARE in their professional development training programs and Extension programming,
  4. through SARE, Extension agents and farmers will identify opportunities for the development, outreach, and research of alternative crops and enterprises,
  5. regional and local county agents will develop new collaborations with organizations, agencies, and groups working in sustainable agriculture, and
  6. Extension faculty and agents will make increased use of resources to support programming in sustainable agriculture.
Introduction:

The 2020-21 Florida SARE programming built upon our previous years’ work in two ways.

(1) We continued to focus on outreach and training that enhances the environmental and economic benefits of production agriculture.

(2) We continued to host trainings that emphasize local and regional food systems to address issues and policies that impact our food system.

The new cycle differed in several ways. Due to our extensive outreach work over the years to increase consciousness of sustainable agriculture programming and resources, sustainable agriculture is now prominent in many Florida Extension programs.  The training needs of state and county faculty have changed and they are making additional demands on our SARE program:

(1) The need for SARE to provide training to county faculty in IRB requirements for human subjects research has declined somewhat because the IFAS Extension training staff has initiated a training program. We do anticipate some continued needs to train county agents and state extension specialists in the requirements when they will be working on integrated research and extension grants, particularly biological scientists who do not normally need to include IRB in their work. Overall, however, our effort will decrease in this area.

(2) County, regional and state Extension personnel continue to press for more training in how to develop research and outreach proposals and how to assemble and train teams to implement their projects. We will continue to expand this training to include identification of potential funding sources (public and private).

(3) County faculty want more access to cutting edge research in sustainable ag to reduce the time between research and adoption. We are accommodating this need by involving county faculty in field assessments of various research projects. Through this venue, county faculty have a voice in the development of research projects and in the data generation process.

(4) We will expand our training program that integrates grower and technical advisor input into ecological and biological research to enhance research outcomes.

(5) One of the most useful roles we play for IFAS faculty members is to gather preliminary data regarding grower needs, barriers and priorities. We will develop protocols for this kind of data collection and continue to work with faculty members to facilitate the data collection. These data are often critical to the development of good grant proposals.

(6) We will continue to offer training about how to strengthen the outreach and evaluation components of extension projects and incorporate more on-farm trials into their work.

(7) Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all training activities are being held virtually, when possible.

Advisors

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Education

Educational approach:

Our educational approach for our “sustainable solutions for Florida agricultural production” initiative has two components:

  1. To provide an in-service training where the target audience consists of Extension agents, producers’ associations, non-profit, state, and local organizations, and private sector technical advisers.
  2. To facilitate participation by Extension agents, growers and industry representatives, and representatives of non-profit, state, and local organizations in on-farm and on-station research, grower assessments of demonstration and research trials including annual events at any of Florida Research & Extension Centers, field days on-farm and on-station, and workshops

Our educational approach for our “advancing Extension capacity in sustainable agriculture” initiative has three components:

  1. To conduct professional development trainings focusing on the needs of Extension professionals in the state.
  2. To allow county and state faculty to develop their own training objectives and propose venues that will provide the training they need.
  3. To advertise training opportunities available within the Southern SARE region and nationally that may be of interest to Florida faculty.

Our educational approach for our “entrepreneurial innovation in sustainable agriculture” initiative has one component:

  1. To offer an in-service training about successful grant writing to enhance Extension programming.

Education & Outreach Initiatives

Sustainable Solutions for Florida Agricultural Production:
Objective:

Agronomic and horticultural production systems increasingly face emerging pest threats, competition with other uses for scarce resources, and increasing international competition in traditionally high-value crops. The rapidity with which new challenges emerge requires that service providers be knowledgeable not only of technologies and strategies that are fully tested and “ready for use,” but also of the most promising solutions under development. Equally important, we need to shorten the distance between research and application, an imperative long recognized by SARE.

Description:

Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Florida Webinar Series

The target audience for this webinar series consists of county Extension faculty and other local service providers. The purpose is to expose participants to research conducted in Florida focusing on new projects and technologies supporting sustainable agriculture. By exploring emerging research from a wide variety of disciplines related to sustainable agriculture, participants may collaborate and provide relevant and timely sustainable agricultural programming to their clients. This training is offered as a webinar series to increase participation.  In 2019-20, the webinar series will focus on high tunnel vegetable crop production in Florida. This will help increase the use of high tunnels in Florida and enhance the economic revenue of participating Florida farmers.  After completing this training, participants will be able to advise farmer clientele on the latest research taking place in the state addressing high tunnel vegetable production in Florida.

 

Improving Research Outcomes through Stakeholder Feedback

The target audience for this training consists of state and county faculty with Extension and research appointments and staff working with these faculty members. The pace of change in food and agriculture has increased greatly due to increased international trade, expanding regulatory requirements, and a diverse consumer population with distinctive and in many cases non-traditional preferences with regard to food products and tangible and non-tangible attributes. These changes make it more important than ever to ensure that agricultural research can respond quickly to producer needs. We have developed a technique for incorporating grower and technical advisor (especially Extension) input into the design and implementation of agricultural research. The approach improves the quality of research because the key concerns of end-users of the research are involved in directing the research away from solutions that will not be acceptable to farmers, will direct research toward the most critical constraints and needs of producers, and will fully incorporate the expertise and experience of growers and their advisors to develop treatments and identify the kind of data needed by growers for their decision-making purposes. We have now conducted repeated assessments on three research projects at the University of Florida with outstanding results that have contributed some of the most innovative treatments in research and helped us avoid commitment of time and effort to approaches that will ultimately fail the test of adoption. The objective of this IST is to provide participants with a systematic, tested approach to incorporating grower input into the earliest stages of the research process, including how to conduct field research assessments (blind evaluation of treatments, for example), and how to analyze the results that are obtained. Training objectives:

  1. Develop a protocol for a research assessment.
  2. Complete the IRB protocol that will ensure that the assessment meets federal requirements for informed consent, including a template that covers the key universally required components in the protocol.
  3. Develop the appropriate data collection instruments and procedures for the assessment.
  4. Conduct the procedures involved which include an individual assessment by each participant and a facilitated group discussion.
  5. Analyze the results of the assessment.

 

Southern Region Cover Crops Council

We are a member of Strategy Team 4.  The objective of Strategy Team 4 is to foster basic, applied and participatory cover crop research in the Southern Region, and establish a multi-state research project by Dec. 2019.

 

Sustainable Organic Strawberry (SOS) Cropping Systems For The Southeast

This OREI-NIFA funded project seeks to promote the expansion of organic strawberry production in the Southeast by working to develop organic strawberry cropping systems that are more environmentally and economically sustainable and resilient to weed, pest, and disease pressure. The project is a collaborative effort of the University and Florida, North Carolina A&T State University, Florida A&M University and Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG). The project has three major components: biological research, consumer and economic research, and evaluation and outreach. The main experiment examines the effects of three cover crop treatments and a weedy control on soil health, nematode suppression, arthropod pests, beneficials, and the performance of four strawberry cultivars in open-field production. Four supporting or satellite experiments examine specific aspects of nutrient management incorporating nitrogen contribution from cover crops and supplemental fertilization, efficacy of OMRI-approved materials for management of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) and twospotted spider mite (TSSM), and spot treatment with predatory mites for TSSM, and performance of cultivars in high and low tunnels for cold protection outside sub-tropical Florida. The evaluation and extension components are integrated. We use an Industrial Liaison Panel and research assessments with service providers and growers to evaluate the potential usefulness of our research and possible barriers to adoption. Extension activities include field days, trainings, workshops, and conference presentations.

 

Adapting and Expanding High Tunnel Organic Vegetable Production for the Southeast

The long-term goal of this OREI-NIFA funded project is to develop sustainable high tunnel systems to promote the growth and expansion of organic vegetable production in the Southeast. The project is a collaborative effort of the University and Florida, Florida A&M University, USDA-ARS, University of Georgia, Georgia Organics, and Florida Certified Organic Growers and Consumers, Inc. (FOG). This integrated project will systematically address the major challenges and key issues with organic high tunnel production and management identified through an initial planning project. By building a strong partnership with organic producers and other stakeholders, this project will target long-term environmental and economic sustainability. The outreach component is focused on the following objectives: (1) An expanded network of farmers, farmer organizations and stakeholders that can share and access information about high tunnel organic vegetable production; (2) continuing farmer and stakeholder participation in research and extension about high tunnel organic vegetable production; (3) increased understanding of farmer and stakeholder decision making; and (4) adoption of the management options generated by this research. Our role on the project includes coordinating field research assessments with service providers and growers to evaluate the potential usefulness of our research and possible barriers to adoption.  We are also responsible for coordinating the advisory council activities, hosting field days, conducting interviews with the farmers engaging in our on-farm research, presenting at conferences, and developing a virtual research assessment.

 

Graduate Student Grant Writing Workshops

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This two part hands-on workshop was open to any graduate student in the Southern region interested in improving their grant proposal writing skills. Dr. Mickie Swisher discussed the keys to writing a successful grant proposal. Students had the opportunity to work on their own proposals at the workshop, as well. Each session of the workshop covered different aspects of proposal writing – from literature reviews to budgeting, so students needed to attend both sessions, if possible. Students from any department were encouraged to attend.  At the end of the training, the participants were able to: (1) Explain why proposals are rejected; (2) Identify the key elements of a call for proposal; (3) Craft their own proposal.

 

Enhancing the Sustainability of US Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network

Transformative changes are needed to address agriculture’s grand challenge of increasing food
production while maintaining environmental integrity. Changes must mitigate: agricultures high energy demand; impending water scarcity and herbicide-resistant weeds; consequences of climate change (more frequent flooding, droughts, and extreme heat); and decline in soil health, critical for improving soil and water quality. This proposal will address these unprecedented threats by providing the infrastructure necessary to support and accelerate cover crop (CC) use nationwide, thereby meeting NIFA program goals of 1) increasing total factor productivity, 2) improving water and nitrogen use efficiency, and 3) reducing losses due to biotic and abiotic stresses. An integrated transdisciplinary approach of research (54%), extension (30%), and education (16%) components will address our objectives. A nationwide team of dedicated research, extension and NGO personnel from 28 institutions will establish on-station and on-farm research networks, novel teaching curriculum, and extensive social-science based outreach. Our overall goal is to increase crop productivity, conserve natural resources, and reduce our agro-ecological footprint through increased and improved use of CCs. Our role on the project includes coordinating field research assessments with service providers and growers to evaluate the potential usefulness of the research and possible barriers to adoption.  We are also responsible for coordinating the Farmer Think Tank Panel activities and presenting at conferences.

Outcomes and impacts:

Future of Sustainable Agriculture in Florida Webinar Series

Our first webinar was delayed due to COVID-19 limitations.  We are finalizing our webinar series and will launch the series in 2021.  Topics will include: cover crops, high tunnels, low tunnels, soil health, plant breeding/seed saving/regional seed production, pests and diseases, alternative crops.  We will assess the participants’ change of knowledge with pre and post test evaluations.

 

Improving Research Outcomes through Stakeholder Feedback

This training was delayed due to COVID-19 limitations.  We presented our first virtual research assessment training at the 2021 Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference.  This served as a pilot virtual training to prepare for our Florida SARE training scheduled for 2021.

 

Southern Region Cover Crops Council

In collaboration with Strategy Team 4 we secured a SAS CAP grant that supports cover crops research in Florida. See “Enhancing the Sustainability of US Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network.”  We will attend the Southern Cover Crops Council Conference in 2022.

 

Sustainable Organic Strawberry (SOS) Cropping Systems For The Southeast

In 2020, we held one advisory council meeting, presented four papers at three conferences, conducted 40 interviews with new and beginning organic farmers on decision-making, piloted two virtual research assessments, and submitted two journal articles for publication. In 2021, we will submit another journal article for publication.

 

Adapting and Expanding High Tunnel Organic Vegetable Production for the Southeast

In 2020, we hosted our second advisory board meeting.  Due to COVID-19 limitations, we cancelled our two on-station field research assessments. In 2021, we hosted our third advisory panel meeting, one on-station field research assessment on tomato grown in Citra, FL, and a virtual research assessment on tomatoes grown in Athens, GA.  In 2021/2022, we will produce short videos highlighting the project and virtual field days highlighting some of the treatments grown at the UF/IFAS Plant Science Research and Education Unit in Citra, FL.

 

Graduate Student Grant Writing Workshops

Pre and post-tests were completed in 2021 by graduate students taking our grant writing workshops. Students were asked to respond to 10 true/false items on both the pre and post-test.  Thirty-four graduate students responded to the pre-test and the average pre-test score was 67%.  Eleven graduate students responded to the post-test. The average post-test score was 82%.

 

Enhancing the Sustainability of US Cropping Systems through Cover Crops and an Innovative Information and Technology Network

In January 2021, we hosted our first Farmer Think Tank meeting with five farmers representing Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and North Carolina. We will host our second Think Tank meeting later this year and we may recruit additional farmers representing additional states involved in this project. In March, we hosted our first research assessment at WFREC on the cover crops grown in common experiment 1. In September, we will host our second research assessment at WFREC on the cotton crop grown in common experiment 1. In 2022, we will host our final research assessment at the PSREU on the corn crop grown in common experiment 2. In March, we presented our first research assessment training (part 1) at the Northeast Cover Crops Council Conference. We will host several sessions over the course of the year before moving on to parts 2 and 3 of our planned training series. Part 1 will provide an overview of research assessments and how they fit into stakeholder driven adaptive research. Part 2 will walk attendees through a research assessment as if they were a participant at the assessment.  Part 3 will dive deeper into the facilitation process and how to drive the group to consensus. 

Advancing Extension Capacity in Sustainable Agriculture
Objective:

This initiative provides individualized training in specialized topics in sustainable agriculture. County and state faculty can participate in training relevant to their state and county programs that may not be a focus or an emphasis in the other Florida SARE initiatives. We allow county and state faculty to develop their own training objectives and propose venues that will provide the training they need. We also advertise training opportunities that may be of interest to Florida faculty.

Description:

Advanced Individualized Training

The target audience consists of county Extension faculty who are members of a Florida Extension Professional Association. Scholarships are available to support travel to a professional development program in which the faculty person will receive training in topics relevant to sustainable agriculture. Program objectives:

  1. Increase participation in trainings related to sustainable agriculture that are associated with the SSARE Program.
  2. Increase participation in relevant national and regional trainings offered by other programs and organizations.
  3. Enhance the ability of the participant to develop and deliver local extension programming relevant to the goals of the Florida SARE program.
  4. Expand the current Extension responsibilities of the participant to include programming related to sustainable agriculture and food systems.

Grant Proposal Mentoring

We reach out to faculty members in the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, especially those with significant Extension responsibilities, to offer assistance in pre-proposal research and proposal development on topics related to sustainable agriculture.  These are one-on-one or small group mentoring sessions.

Outcomes and impacts:

Advanced Individualized Training

We sponsored five training scholarships for Extension professionals to participate in the 2021 NCAT Virtual Soil Health Innovations Conference.  We sponsored three training scholarships for Extension professionals to participate in the 2021 Organic Growers School Virtual Spring Conference.  We sponsored seven training scholarships for Extension professionals to participate in the 2021 Organic Growers School Virtual Holistic Crop Management Workshop Series.  Upon completion of the training, scholarship recipients were required to send a report to us about the conference, what they learned, and how they are currently using or plan to use what they learned in their work.

 

Grant Proposal Mentoring

We mentored and submitted five SSARE grant proposals over the past year.  Three were funded and the other two will be revised and resubmitted this year.   We are working with several farmers and non-profits in Florida to provide feedback before they submit grant proposals to the Beginning, Farmer, and Rancher Program, the Value-Added Producer Grant Program, and the SSARE Program.

Entrepreneurial Innovation in Sustainable Agriculture
Objective:

This initiative focuses on advancing Extension that provides support for nontraditional agricultural businesses and promotes sustainable food systems to address social and economic community issues. Healthy growing agricultural and natural resource based businesses can contribute to local development and economic vitality if barriers to the establishment and growth of businesses are addressed. We will facilitate workshops, strategic planning, and joint programmatic development for Extension and community partners.

Description:

Successful Grant Writing for Extension Programming

The target audience for this training consists of county Extension faculty, service providers, community-based organizations, and producer organizations.  The funding opportunities for community-based and producer organizations provide important resources to foster community and farm development. Successful proposal development is a learned skill. While the specific requirements for each proposal will vary depending on the goals of the donor, objectives, and proposal requirements, there are commonalities to most proposals. The objective of this program is to provide participants with an understanding of key factors that donors commonly use to evaluate proposals and how to respond to these factors.  Training objectives:

  1. Write a problem statement that is responsive to the priorities of the donor.
  2. Develop goals, objectives, and outcomes to address the problem statement.
  3. Develop and describe objective-based activities.
  4. Construct an appropriate evaluation strategy.
  5. Develop an objective-based budget.

 

SEEDIT: Specialty Pumpkins: Needs Assessment, Production Systems, and Processing for Emerging Products and Markets

Tropical pumpkin (Cucurbita moschata) is popular in Florida, especially within Latino and West Indian communities. The total value of tropical pumpkin consumed in the U.S exceeds $30 million annually, however, >80% of the produce is imported from Central America (USDA-ERS, 2011). In the U.S. mainland, production is currently limited to subtropical Florida where a few hundred hectares are grown. Demand for tropical pumpkin is rapidly increasing due to growing population of ethnic communities in Florida and across the U.S. (Flores et al., 2019; U.S. Census Bureau, 2019). Furthermore, new and emerging markets include use in brewing, processing (e.g. seed butter and canning), snack food, community-supported agriculture (CSA), restaurant and vegetable oil industries. Between 2014 and 2018, breweries in Florida skyrocketed from 104 to 348 (Brewer and Long, 2018), creating high demand for seasonal pumpkin ale. In addition, the number of CSA enterprises has increased exponentially in Florida fueled by an increasing demand for local food (FDACS, 2020). Florida growers are positioned to benefit from existing and expanding specialty markets due to distinctive subtropical climate that allows year-round production, proximity to consumer markets, and a robust UF/ IFAS extension network. In this project, we will assess potential risks/ benefits of specialty pumpkin production and barriers to acceptance. Hypothesis: Adding an enterprise to a commercial farming operation generates unanticipated changes in farm management that create risks, and potential acceptance of new products depends greatly on distributor and consumer perceived benefits.

 

SEEDIT: Future of Urban Agriculture in Florida

According to USDA Census of Agriculture data, there has been an increase in commercial urban agriculture (CUA) activities in Florida. For example, between 2009 and 2014 there was an increase in both the number of operations growing food under protection—from 26 to 41—and total area under protection from 2.0 to 3.3 million square feet (USDA, 2007; USDA, 2012). The 2018 farm bill included a provision supporting urban, indoor, and emerging production systems, which specified the necessity of an urban agriculture census. However, congress did not appropriate funds for the urban agriculture census to be conducted. In addition, the Federal government has stated “Given the diversity in the types of urban farming operations, existing data limitations, and lack of consensus about what constitutes an urban or peri-urban farm, USDA does not report data and statistics on the number of urban farming operations in the United States” (Congressional Research Service, 2019). In addition, USDA acknowledges that their methodology fails to count farms in under-served areas and operated by minority populations (USDA, 2017). This fact is particularly important because research has shown that the demographics of urban farmers differ from their rural counterparts, with a larger proportion of young, female, and minority farmers in urban and peri-urban areas as compared with rural farmers (Inwood & Clark, 2013). Research has shown that CUA has promise for economic development (Sharp, et al., 2011), but faces different barriers (Castillo et al., 2013) and is hindered by research gaps (Weidner et al., 2019). The objectives of this project are (1) identify key hubs of commercial urban agriculture (CUA) in Florida, (2) evaluate current economic and regulatory barriers and potential market and business opportunities for CUA operations in Florida, (3) conduct a pilot survey of urban agriculture producers in key CUA hub areas, and (4) develop the future research path for CUA enterprise development in Florida.

Outcomes and impacts:

Successful Grant Writing for Extension Programming

This training was delayed due to COVID-19 limitations.  We have developed a virtual training template and will host multiple trainings regarding different grant programs (including SSARE grants) in 2021 and 2022.  We will assess the participants’ change of knowledge with pre and post test evaluations.

 

SEEDIT: Specialty Pumpkins: Needs Assessment, Production Systems, and Processing for Emerging Products and Markets

In 2021, we will conduct the following activities. Activity 1: Grower assessment. Growers who are innovators may be willing to take on such risks while others may not, depending on perceived risks and benefits. Results of interviews with selected innovators and farmers with less experience with new enterprise innovation will identify key barriers to and opportunities for adoption of proposed innovations among both groups farmers and research priorities for both. We will identify an initial set of innovators and non-innovators through Extension and non-profit organizations that support farmers and expand the sample if needed through references from farmers we interview. Activity 2: Distribution system. Interviews, with sales points ranging from farmers’ markets to traditional commercial outlets, will identify key bottlenecks and opportunities to market in a variety of venues. Activity 3: Consumer survey. A survey will assess consumer acceptance of proposed specialty pumpkin products. We submitted two proposals in 2020 to SARE for grant funds to build on this project.  One of these proposals was funded and begins in 2021.

 

SEEDIT: Future of Urban Agriculture in Florida

In 2020, we completed semi-structured interviews of 25 farmers identified via a referral (snowball) sample. Interview transcripts were analyzed via thematic analysis. In 2021, using a referral sample, an online survey will be conducted via Qualtrics to collect data on CUA including: types of production systems being utilized, size of CUA business (sales and production data); types of crops being produced and market channels being utilized and their greatest limitations to success and sustainability in terms of technology, financing, pest management, irrigation, fumigation alternatives, climate, plant nutrition and fertilization, product food safety. Two key stakeholder strategic planning meetings will be convened—one with CUA operators and one with IFAS project collaborators and researchers—to share the findings of activities 1-3. CUA operators will be asked to share their input on future needs and business opportunities. With that information, IFAS faculty will (i) identify and prioritize key research needs and associated Extension programming opportunities to support CUA, and (ii) target extramural funding opportunities for that research. Delphi Method, a group communication process which aims to achieve convergence of opinion on a specific question will be used during these stakeholder meetings. We will submit additional grant proposals in 2021 for additional funds to build upon this project.

Educational & Outreach Activities

76 Consultations
1 On-farm demonstrations
3 Online trainings
20 Published press articles, newsletters
11 Study circle/focus groups
6 Webinars / talks / presentations

Participation Summary

167 Extension
6 NRCS
94 Researchers
44 Nonprofit
21 Agency
36 Ag service providers (other or unspecified)
243 Farmers/ranchers
111 Others

Learning Outcomes

204 Participants gained or increased knowledge, skills and/or attitudes about sustainable agriculture topics, practices, strategies, approaches
88 Ag professionals intend to use knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or awareness learned

Project Outcomes

3 Grants received that built upon this project
11 New working collaborations
71 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
Additional Outcomes:

We held our 2020 Florida SARE Advisory Council meeting on 1/29/2020.  Our next scheduled meeting is 5/17/2021.  Training activities are limited due to COVID-19 restrictions for in-person events.  Virtual trainings are being developed where possible and in-person events will resume in 2021.

Face of SARE

Face of SARE:

We distribute SARE educational materials at all of our SARE trainings and other relevant programs in Florida. SARE materials are distributed to the public by state and county faculty that participate in our programs. We also distribute SARE books and educational materials to our advisory council and scholarship recipients.

313 Farmers received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
421 Ag professionals received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.