Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Training Program - Professional Development Program 2021-22 Model State Program

Project Overview

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2021: $22,222.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Grant Recipient: North Carolina State University
Region: Southern
State: North Carolina
State Coordinators:
Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton
North Carolina State University
Dr. Sanjun Gu
North Carolina A&T State University


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Proposal abstract:

North Carolina SARE (NC SARE) is a collaborative effort from North Carolina State University (NCSU)
and North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University (NCA&T). NC SARE promotes sustainable
agriculture in North Carolina and supports sustainable agriculture trainings for agriculture professionals,
which include North Carolina Cooperative Extension (NCCE) professionals and other educators defined by
Southern SARE. NC SARE offers sustainable agriculture trainings primarily through competitive travel
scholarships. These travel scholarships benefit agriculture professionals at all levels, as educators may apply
for trainings that best suit their service regions/counties’ needs and resources, as well as their own level of
expertise. Applications for technical and educational training in any area of sustainable agriculture can be

Project objectives from proposal:

NC SARE will consider scholarship applications for both in-state and out-state trainings. Possible
trainings may include, but not limited to, the annual Carolina Farm Stewardship Association’s Sustainable
Agriculture Conference (CFSA SAC), the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) Workshops,
the NC Choices’ Carolina Meat Conference/ Women Working in the Meat Industry (CMC/WIM), and
NCSU and NCA&T Field Days. NC SARE also offers the NC SARE Outstanding NCCE Educator award, in
partnership with CFSA. This year, NC SARE will begin providing competitive funding to Extension
Educators to provide a focused training to NCCE agents in a topic of sustainable agriculture. Guided by the
Advisory Council, NC SARE has been a visible presence in NC sustainable agriculture and publicizing
events through its website, the NC Extension portal, and providing sustainable agriculture educational
materials, such as SARE publications, to trainers.

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.