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Sustainable Agriculture in Tennessee



» UT Organic Crops Field Tour, October 26, 2017

» Registration open for Southern SAWG
    Conference to be held in Chattanooga, TN,
    on January 17-20, 2018

» Pork production survey seeks producer input
    and feedback

» Applications are now being accepted for
    2018 Producer Grants through the Southern
    Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education
    program. Proposals are due by
    Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5 p.m. EST.

» USDA Provides New Cost Share Opportunities     for Organic Producers and Handlers

    Evaluating Financial and Economic Factors     Contributing to the Sustainability of Beginning     Farms: Evidence from Five Farms in Tennessee     and Virginia

    Seasonal Prices for Small Ruminants in

» Updated Federal Funding Guide Released


What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is a USDA competitive grants program that provides information to improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life. The primary goals of sustainable agriculture include:

  • Providing a more profitable farm income
  • Promoting environmental stewardship, including:
      › Protecting and improving soil quality
      › Reducing dependence on non-renewable resources, such as fuel
        and synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and
      › Minimizing adverse impacts on safety, wildlife, water quality and     other environmental resources
  • Promoting stable, prosperous farm families and communities


Managing marketing & financial risks on Tennessee fruit & vegetable farms

Jonny Buchanan Video

Tennessee organic grower Jonny Buchanan shares how he manages marketing and financial risks on his farm in Knoxville, Tennessee.



Larry Heidkamp Video

Tennessee vegetable grower Larry Heidkamp shares how he manages marketing and financial risks on his farm in Columbia, Tennessee.



Mike Katrutsa Video

Tennessee fruit and vegetable grower Mike Katrutsa shares how he manages marketing and financial risks on his farm in Camden, Tennessee.



Delton Gerloff -
The University of Tennessee

Tennessee State University

Roy Bullock -
Tennessee State University