- Animal Production: manure management, rangeland/pasture management
- Crop Production: cover crops, cropping systems, food product quality/safety
- Education and Training: extension, networking
- Farm Business Management: farmers' markets/farm stands
- Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems
Kansas SARE PDP is part of K-State Research and Extension (KSRE) based at the main campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas as part of the Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops (KCSAAC) in the Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) administrative unit. Guidance for Kansas SARE PDP is provided by an advisory committee with oversight by KSRE ANR administration. The Kansas SARE PDP coordinator provides support, cooperation, and training to regional (north central) and national SARE goals, activities, and requests.
The primary target audience for professional development programming in the 2017-18 budget cycle is Extension professionals — county/district Extension agents and area/state specialists. Secondary audiences are NRCS, FSA and Conservation District professionals, NGOs, agriculture educators, and graduate students.
The state of Kansas is experiencing significant tax revenue shortfalls which has required a callback of extension operating funds from counties. This move is unprecedented. Because of the callback, many counties have eliminated out of county travel for extension agents. Some counties have no longer have county-funded vehicles leaving agents to use their personal vehicles to conduct official extension business with no reimbursement. While the situation is unfortunate and hopefully short-lived, KS SARE can capitalize on the situation by encouraging participation in sustainable agriculture-focused professional improvement opportunities. We have already experienced an increase in requests for small dollar amounts to attend in-state and adjoining-state trainings and anticipate continued robust interest in the SARE PDP for the next two years.
Project objectives from proposal:
2017-18 initiatives are:
- Carbon, energy, and climate
- Local food and speciality crops
- Applied sustainable agriculture