Model State Plan of Work – Fort Valley State University

Project Overview

SGA21-002
Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2021: $15,554.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: Fort Valley State University
Region: Southern
State: Georgia
State Coordinators:
Dr. Mark Latimore
Fort Valley State University
Co-Coordinators:
Dr. Timothy Coolong
University of Georgia

Commodities

No commodities identified

Practices

No practices identified

Proposal abstract:

            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.

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.