SFL17-002 Model State Program

Project Overview

SFL17-002
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2017: $11,111.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2018
Grant Recipient: Florida A&M University
Region: Southern
State: Florida
State Coordinators:
Dr. Cassel Gardner
Florida A&M University
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Marilyn Swisher
University of Florida

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Crop Production: cover crops, cropping systems, double cropping, drainage systems, food product quality/safety, high tunnels or hoop houses, intercropping, irrigation, low tunnels, multiple cropping, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, row covers (for season extension), season extension types and construction, shade cloth, water management
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, focus group, networking, workshop, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: agritourism, community-supported agriculture, farmers' markets/farm stands
  • Pest Management: compost extracts, mulching - plastic
  • Production Systems: hydroponics, organic agriculture, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: composting, organic matter, soil microbiology
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, quality of life, social networks, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration

    Abstract:

    Florida activities for 2017-2018 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:

    I. Maintain existing and establish new collaborative Extension training and programs with faculty members and county agents at University of Florida and Florida A&M University whose work addresses sustainability in production agriculture.
    II. 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.
    III. 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.
    IV. 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.

    SARE Expected Outcomes:

    I. County faculty members will participate in regional and national training programs in sustainable agriculture and will apply the lessons learned in their own programs.
    II. 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.
    III. Extension agents and farmers will identify opportunities, such as SARE-funded Research & Education, Professional Development, and On-Farm Research projects, for the development of alternative crops and enterprises and will play key roles in outreach and research projects that focus on alternative crops and enterprises.
    IV. Regional and local county agents will develop new collaborations with organizations, agencies, and groups working in sustainable agriculture, including non-profit and for·profit organizations involved in post-farm gate food processing, marketing and distribution, and policy development.
    V. State, regional, and county Extension faculty members and agents will make increased use of resources to support programming in sustainable agriculture, including fiscal resources such as Southern SARE grants.

    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.