The University of Tennessee Extension and Tennessee State University are committed to providing opportunities for training of Extension Agents and Specialists in the area of sustainable agriculture. In the coming year, the state coordinators, program assistant and the new SARE Advisory Committee will work together to identify needs and address those areas where Extension professionals lack training concerning sustainable agriculture practices. Additional methods to use in order to determine the future of the SARE program will include surveying agents, visiting with Extension regional agriculture program leaders and agency partners. The outcome of all the educational efforts will be for the Tennessee Program to contribute to the mission of SARE and, in doing so, meet the needs of many Tennesseans.
Project objectives from proposal:
The overall objectives for the state SARE program will be overseen and developed in conjunction with the state co-coordinators, program assistant and advisory committee. The state plan will be based on local needs and will continue to grow in order to convey to agents and specialists the newest and latest knowledge on sustainable agriculture. Outreach will continue to be a key component of the state plan. Keeping agents informed of opportunities within SARE as it relates to programs targeted to livestock, marketing, sustainability, vegetables and cover crops is needed in order to ensure success of the state model program. New and emerging issues will be noted as they arise and adjustments to programs and plans may be needed to address these new issues.