Renewing the Agriculture of the Middle: A Planning grant request to develop a Southern Strategy

Project Overview

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2004: $15,500.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2006
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
Principal Investigator:
Edna Rodriguez
Rural Advancement Foundation International - USA

Annual Reports


Not commodity specific


  • Sustainable Communities: quality of life


    This planning grant is for the development of an initiative to address the declining agriculture of the middle in the south. In early 2005, staff interviewed individuals across the south about their interest and ideas about the initiative. An initial meeting was held at the Southern SAWG conference in January of 2005. Since that time, a smaller group of individuals have been working to develop proposals for an initiative, including farmers, members of RAFI staff and the staff of the Southern SAWG. This work has resulted in a SARE pre-proposal that is currently being developed into a full proposal.

    Project objectives:

    1. Interviews of agricultural leaders in the south about their interest and understanding of the needs of agriculture of the middle.

    2. Initial discussion meeting during the 2005 Southern SAWG conference.

    3. Follow-up discussions

    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.