The Arizona State Implementation Program (SIP) for Western SARE has the overall objective of helping Arizona's agricultural professionals become more familiar with the core principles of sustainable agriculture. By leveraging the excellent products already developed by the SARE program, our goal is to help teach agricultural professionals how to incorporate the sustainable agriculture concepts and principles into their Extension education programming. Through incorporation into individual education programs, we will successfully reach agricultural producers both large and small in all Counties and Native American communities across our diverse state. This will be accomplished primarily through our annual SARE Conference. We will also help facilitate travel, through travel grants, for agricultural professionals to attend SARE related conferences where knowledge may be gained and brought to bear on issues that our stakeholders across the state encounter. Videos and other educational materials will be produced as part of this implementation grant to help support the educational effort related to sustainable agriculture.
Project objectives from proposal:
The principal objectives of our Arizona SARE SIP program are to educate the target audiences of Extension faculty, NRCS personnel, NGOs, and other agricultural professionals in the concepts of principles of sustainable agriculture as they relate to specific conditions experienced by agricultural producers in the diverse climate regions of Arizona. The Arizona SARE State Implementation Program will accomplish these educational objectives by utilizing SARE resources to sponsor attendance at nationally recognized SARE events, sustainable agriculture conferences, video creations, and publications while also developing local and regional professional development opportunities related to sustainable agricultural production specific to Southwest production operations and Arizona conditions. When necessary, we will also use SARE resources to sponsor small research and extension grants (mini-grants) to explore sustainable techniques specific to local needs further. Local Extension agents, assistants, and associates in Extension professionals will be encouraged to apply for SARE grant opportunities, especially for opportunities they may have to improve their understanding and professional knowledge base on sustainable agriculture topics. The Arizona WSARE SIP will carry out all these activities in the fall of 2022, Spring/Fall of 2023, and Spring/Fall 2024