Abstract and Objectives
The SARE Advisory Committee met via Zoom on February 5, 2021 to review membership of the committee, activities for the year, and discuss 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 Advisory Committee decided that trainings and conferences would support several objectives of the SARE Logic Model. Specifically, the Committee felt that more opportunities needed to be present for training in organic peanut production, GAP/GHP certification, cover crops, conservation tillage, on-line marketing for farms to include record keeping training for farmers, and grazing production systems. The discussion also included travel support for Extension agents to attend conferences (i.e. National Grazing Lands Conference). All of these activities increase knowledge and confidence by participating agriculture professionals (county extension agents) which then translates to an increased ability to assist organic, small and limited resource farmers.
Project objectives from proposal:
SARE Outreach Objectives and Expected Outcomes
Training efforts are guided by the Logic Model of the Georgia Model State Program. The Logic Model reflects the current needs of Georgia as directed by the SARE Advisory Committee. Objective of the updated SARE Logic Model include training in conservation tillage systems, organic production, grazing-based animal production systems, composting, direct marketing, and local food systems. Trainings are objective focused. Outcomes will result in the enhancement of knowledge, skills, and competency in sustainable agriculture while increasing contact within the sustainable agriculture community. Most importantly, participants will receive up-to-date training to aid small farmers, small and limited resource farmers and veteran farmers to sustain their farm operations and enhance their income.