University of Georgia State Training Grant- MSP22

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2022: $6,600.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2024
Grant Recipient: University of Georgia
Region: Southern
State: Georgia
State Coordinator:
Dr. Timothy Coolong
University of Georgia


  • Agronomic: buckwheat, clovers, millet, oats, rye, sorghum sudangrass, sunflower, wheat
  • Fruits: berries (blueberries), grapes, melons
  • Nuts: pecans
  • Vegetables: broccoli, cabbages, greens (leafy), onions, peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: native plants
  • Animals: bees, bovine, poultry
  • Animal Products: eggs, honey, meat


  • Animal Production: grazing management, grazing - rotational
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage, cover crops, cropping systems, crop rotation, fertilizers, food product quality/safety, high tunnels or hoop houses, nutrient management, organic fertilizers, pollinator habitat, season extension
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, extension, farmer to farmer, technical assistance
  • Farm Business Management: budgets/cost and returns, business planning, farm-to-restaurant, farmers' markets/farm stands, marketing management, new enterprise development
  • Pest Management: cultivation
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture, organic certification, transitioning to organic
  • Soil Management: nutrient mineralization, organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, sustainability measures

    Proposal abstract:

    The SARE Advisory Committee had a conference call on February 17, 2022 to discuss committee memberships, review 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 Committee decided upon trainings and conferences to support for the upcoming year that would address several of the SARE Logic Model training objectives. Specifically we discussed holding joint in-field education programs between FVSU, UGA and the Rodale institute as well as separate hands-on training in hoop houses/high tunnels at the UGA Horticulture Farm. FVSU is also planning a GAP certification training program that we will support. A smaller cover crop training program has been planned for June our facility in Cordele, GA, featuring warm season cover crops. Further, we will continue to support the Journeyman Farmer Program that is designed to advance beginning farmers and ranchers in Georgia.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    The Georgia Model State Program developed a Logic Model to guide our training efforts. The Logic Model, reflects 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. Due to suspension of in person programming as a result of the Covid pandemic decided to delay a revision of our current logic model in order to be able to fulfill current obligations that have been altered or delayed.

    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.