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Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program

Welcome to the Iowa Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) website! The purpose of this website is to help you find information on SARE local, regional and national programs, grants and resources. It also provides updates on relevant news and events going on in Iowa and affecting Iowa agriculture. Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has advanced profitable and environmentally sound farming systems that are good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.

Iowa SARE PDP Program State Initiatives

  • Building Leadership, Communication, and Capacity in Sustainable Agriculture
  • Implementing Diversified Production and Marketing Systems
  • Scaling up and Strengthening Local Foods Systems
  • Addressing Issues in Soil Health, Water Quality, Energy and Climate
  • Strengthening the Success and Sustainability of Beginning Farmers

Iowans Who Received NCR SARE Grant Funding in 2020

Partnership Grants

  • Philip Kauth with Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa was awarded $40,000 for the project, “Seed Rematriation Using a Participatory Conservation Model.”
  • Juliann Salinas with the Women, Food and Agriculture Network in Ames, Iowa was awarded $40,000 for the project, “Harvesting Our Potential: Growing Skills, Confidence and Sustainability.”

Farmer Rancher Grants

  • Eric Jellum with Jellum Farm in Osage, Iowa was awarded $6,555 for the project, “Establishing a Temperature Gradient to Enhance Geothermal Heating and Cooling of a High Tunnel.”
  • Jennifer and Raymond Kruse with White Blossom Farm in Colesburg, Iowa were awarded $3,328 for the project, “New Variety Strawberry Trial for Iowa.”
  • Julia McGuire in West Des Moines, Iowa was awarded $9,000 for the project, “A Monthly Planner that Combines Phenology and Beekeeping to Improve Honey Production and Native Foraging Habitat.”
  • Bob Recker with Cedar Valley Innovation in Waterloo, Iowa was awarded $26,576 for the project, “Demonstration of Utilization of Cover Crops in Wide Row Corn to Improve Soil Health.”
  • Kristy Walker with Walker Homestead Farm & Winery in Iowa City, Iowa was awarded $25,670 for the project, “Companion Planting of Sunflowers in Vineyards for Pest Bird Management.”


You can learn more about the progress of these projects later this year and previous projects funded through SARE by searching the SARE data base.