2022 Model State Program- Florida A&M University

Progress report for SFL22-002

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2022: $10,996.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2024
Grant Recipient: Florida A&M University
Region: Southern
State: Florida
State Coordinator:
Gilbert Queeley
Florida A&M University
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Project Information


Florida activities for 2022-23 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.

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.

Project Objectives:

The 2022-23 Florida SARE programming builds upon our previous years’ work in two ways.
(1) We continue to focus on outreach and training that enhances the environmental and economic benefits of production agriculture.
(2) We continue to host trainings that emphasize local and regional food systems to address issues and policies that impact our food system.

We continue to address the changing training needs of state and county faculty.
(1) 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).
(2) 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.
(3) We will expand our training program that integrates grower and technical advisor input into ecological and biological research to enhance research outcomes to include farmer-designed on-farm trials and stakeholder advisory panels. This program helps extension faculty strengthen the outreach and evaluation components of extension projects.
(4) 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.


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Educational approach:

Our educational approach for this project provides:

  1. Practices to Improve Farm Sustainability Among Small Scale and Minority Producers
  2. Advancing Extension Capacity in Sustainable Agriculture

Education & Outreach Initiatives

Practices to Improve Farm Sustainability Among Small Scale and Minority Producers

The objectives of this initiative will focus on behavioral changes in participants that will enable them to bring about change in their local audiences and themselves.


Use of Soil Amendments and Cover Crops for Nutrient Availability, Soil Health, Conservation, and Water Quality Protection:

The target audience for this training is cooperative extension faculty, NGOs, service providers, and mentor farmers. This training will focus on the use of bio-based soil amendments and cover crops in production systems for water quality protection and enhancement of soil quality. Participants who complete this training will be able to:

  1. Explain various practices that protect water quality and enhance soil health.
  2. Demonstrate management practices re use of cover crops and other organic materials.
Outcomes and impacts:

The MSP at FAMU is under transition to a new state coordinator.  Activities under the new leadership will begin in 2023/24.

Advancing Extension Capacity in Sustainable Agriculture

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.


Advanced Individualized Training:

The target audience consists of cooperative extension faculty, food system NGOs, and mentor farmers that host trainings or engage in peer-to-peer learning groups. Scholarships are available to support attendance to a professional development program where the participant 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 programming relevant to the goals of the Florida SARE program.
  4. Expand the current extension responsibilities of cooperative extension faculty participants to include programming related to sustainable agriculture and food systems.
Outcomes and impacts:

Advanced Individualized Training

We sponsor travel scholarships for Extension professionals and/or mentor farmers to attend sustainable agriculture trainings.  Upon completion of the training, scholarship recipients are required to submit a report about the conference, what they learned, and how they are using or plan to use what they learned in their work.


The MSP at FAMU is under transition to a new state coordinator.  Activities under the new leadership will begin in 2023/24.

Educational & Outreach Activities

9 Published press articles, newsletters

Participation Summary:

55 Extension
35 Researchers
7 Nonprofit
2 Agency
9 Ag service providers (other or unspecified)
125 Farmers/ranchers
33 Others

Learning Outcomes

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

Project Outcomes

3 New working collaborations
3 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 will host our 2022 Florida SARE Advisory Council meeting in 2023. Training activities have been limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and low participation at in-person events.  Virtual trainings were developed where possible and in-person events will resume in 2023/24.


The MSP at FAMU is under transition to a new state coordinator.  Activities under the new leadership will begin in 2023/24.

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 listserv, advisory council, and scholarship recipients.

121 Farmers received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
57 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.