2019 Model State Program- University of Georgia

Project Overview

SGA19-001
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $6,666.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2020
Grant Recipient: University of Georgia
Region: Southern
State: Georgia
State Coordinators:
Dr. Timothy Coolong
University of Kentucky
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Mark Latimore
Fort Valley State University

Commodities

Not commodity specific

Practices

  • Animal Production: grazing management
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage, cover crops
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, on-farm/ranch research, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: farmers' markets/farm stands, marketing management, value added
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: composting, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems

    Proposal abstract:

    The SARE Advisory Committee had a conference call on November 27, 2018 to discuss committee memberships, review activities for the year, and review the Logic Model for future training needs. The SARE Logic Model training objectives are conservation tillage systems, organic production, grazing based animal production systems, composting, direct marketing, and local food systems. The Committee decided upon trainings and conferences to support for the upcoming year that would address the SARE Logic Model training objectives. The needs of these trainings and conferences include travel support for Extension agents to attend the Georgia Organics Conference, sponsorship for the Advanced Grazing
    School Workshop, and speaker fees and training materials for the Market Readiness In-Service Trainings. All of these activities increase knowledge and confidence in participating agriculture professionals which then translates to an increased ability to assist organic, resource-limited, and small farmers.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The Georgia Model State Program developed a Logic Model to guide our training efforts. The Logic Model, updated in 2015, reflects the current needs of Georgia as directed by the SARE Advisory Committee. To reach our long-term goal of “Increased use of sustainable agriculture practices by producers at multiple scales supported by a knowledgeable network of agricultural professionals ensuring a high proportion of diverse, profitable, and environmentally-friendly farm operations”, we identified the following six areas for training workshops: conservation tillage systems, organic production, grazing based animal production systems, composting, direct marketing, and local food systems.

    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.