<ul><li>ROB MYERS, PH.D. </li></ul><ul><li>USDA-SARE </li></ul><ul><li>University of Missouri </li></ul>SUSTAINABILITY OPP...
Presentation Overview <ul><li>Federal budget picture  </li></ul><ul><li>2012 Farm Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Support from  USD...
Federal Funding Picture for Extension <ul><li>Budget Control Act of 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First round of deficit redu...
Federal Funding Picture for Extension <ul><li>Budget Control Act of 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First round of cuts - $917 ...
Budget Control Act of 2011 <ul><li>Federal discretionary budget FY2011 - $1.05 trillion (passed in spring of 2011) </li></...
What if Super Congress Fails? <ul><li>Mandatory cuts to discretionary spending of $1.2 trillion over 10 years </li></ul><u...
What if Super Congress Succeeds?
Super Congress Deal? <ul><li>House and Senate Ag Committee leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ag committees agree to $23 bil...
Current Changes to Ag Budget <ul><li>Cuts of $25-27 billion (over 10 years) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$15 billion from commodi...
2012 Farm Bill <ul><li>Current farm bill expires September 30, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many agriculture programs have a...
Comments by Secretary of Agriculture <ul><li>U.S. agriculture secretary says next Farm Bill must improve disaster aid, fun...
FY2012 Ag Appropriations <ul><li>Congress technically should have passed  FY2012 Ag Appropriations by September 30 </li></...
Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture. What is SARE?
North Central Region SARE •  Since 1988, SARE has invested  in 4,000 projects nationwide •  SARE in the North Central Regi...
The  SARE Model <ul><li>Four regional councils set priorities and make grants  </li></ul><ul><li>SARE Outreach produces pr...
The  SARE Model <ul><ul><li>Successful SARE grantees are engaged in projects that simultaneously guided by the 3 principal...
SARE has  education   partnerships with Extension  and other ag professionals in every state and island protectorate. Phot...
SARE Outreach a library  of practical,  how-to books  (in print or download for free) media outreach a portfolio  of in-de...
<ul><li>Sustainable pest and weed mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Clean energy </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Stewar...
SARE Grants in Wisconsin (1989-2010) $5.5 million in funding for Wisconsin, 165 total grants
Research & Education (R&E) Program Photo courtesy Wayne Martin <ul><li>Grants  for up to  $200,000  for up to  3 yrs </li>...
R&E Timeline <ul><li>Preproposals due  June 9,  2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Invited full proposals due in October 2011 </li></u...
Stakeholder Involvement Problem identified by farmer and researcher  Farmers involved in research and outreach
Graduate Student Grants <ul><li>Grants can be for up to $10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently enrolled graduate students mus...
Professional Development Program (PDP) <ul><li>Competitive grants  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preproposals typically due in May...
Farmer/Rancher Grants <ul><li>Directly funds farmers and ranchers </li></ul><ul><li>Up to $7500 for individual farm, $15,0...
Youth/Youth Educator Grants <ul><li>Youth educator grants  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate for vo-ag teachers or other y...
<ul><ul><li>“ Ratcheting up”   with a proposed federal-state matching grants program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadening...
<ul><ul><li>Bioenergy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrient management </li></ul><...
What About Bioenergy?
Perennial Grasses
Nutrient Management
 
 
 
Tillage Radishes
 
 
 
www.sare.org
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Sustainability Opportunities from a North Central Region Perspective. Rob Myers, Ph.D.
USDA-SARE, University of Missouri. Presentation to UW-Extension, Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension (ANRE) annual professional development meeting and conference. October, 2011. Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin. Thank you Dr. Myers!

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  1. 1. <ul><li>ROB MYERS, PH.D. </li></ul><ul><li>USDA-SARE </li></ul><ul><li>University of Missouri </li></ul>SUSTAINABILITY OPPORTUNITIES FROM A NORTH CENTRAL REGION PERSPECTIVE
  2. 2. Presentation Overview <ul><li>Federal budget picture </li></ul><ul><li>2012 Farm Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Support from USDA-SARE for extension </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability challenges </li></ul>
  3. 3. Federal Funding Picture for Extension <ul><li>Budget Control Act of 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First round of deficit reduction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Super Congress action pending </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2012 Farm Bill action </li></ul><ul><li>FY2012 Ag Appropriations </li></ul>
  4. 4. Federal Funding Picture for Extension <ul><li>Budget Control Act of 2011 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>First round of cuts - $917 billion over 10 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Super Congress – reducing deficit over 10 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Minimum of $1.2 trillion or automatic cuts kick in </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Target goal of $1.5 trillion </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Deficit savings can be mix of cuts and revenue </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plan due by Nov. 23, Congress votes by Dec. 23 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Focus is on federal “discretionary” budget </li></ul>
  5. 5. Budget Control Act of 2011 <ul><li>Federal discretionary budget FY2011 - $1.05 trillion (passed in spring of 2011) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not include entitlement programs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Budget Control Act set budget targets: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2012 - $1.043 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2013 - $1.047 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2014 - $1.066 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2015 - $1.086 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2016 - $1.107 trillion </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. What if Super Congress Fails? <ul><li>Mandatory cuts to discretionary spending of $1.2 trillion over 10 years </li></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2012 - $1.043 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2013 - $954 billion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2014 - $974 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2015 - $994 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2016 - $1.016 trillion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FY 2017 - $1.041 trillion </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. What if Super Congress Succeeds?
  8. 8. Super Congress Deal? <ul><li>House and Senate Ag Committee leadership </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ag committees agree to $23 billion in cuts over 10 years </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In return, Super Congress accepts the $23 billion* in cuts and leaves the rest of ag budget alone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2012 Farm Bill would be included in the bill put forth by the Super Congress for passage in December </li></ul><ul><ul><li>*2008 farm bill was $288 billion over five years </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Current Changes to Ag Budget <ul><li>Cuts of $25-27 billion (over 10 years) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$15 billion from commodity programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most of remainder from conservation and nutrition assistance to low income families </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Net cut of $23 billion, but $2-4 billion added </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Some programs would get an increase </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Impact on extension and research? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Could be a mix of cuts, increases, and level funding, with some merger of programs </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. 2012 Farm Bill <ul><li>Current farm bill expires September 30, 2012 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many agriculture programs have a fixed period of authorization so must be reauthorized </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Normal process of developing a farm bill </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hearings around the country, DC hearings, multiple bills introduced, subcommittee action (amendments), full committees, House, Senate, conference process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Typically 12-18 months </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This time – two weeks?!!! </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Comments by Secretary of Agriculture <ul><li>U.S. agriculture secretary says next Farm Bill must improve disaster aid, funding for research </li></ul>Washington Post headline, Oct. 24, 2012
  12. 12. FY2012 Ag Appropriations <ul><li>Congress technically should have passed FY2012 Ag Appropriations by September 30 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>House passed bill with 15% cut to most extension and research programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Senate is working on a “mini-bus” bill that has mostly level funding for extension and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final agreement tangled up with Super Congress </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bottom line? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Probably level or close to level extension funding in FY2012; prospects for level funding after that are unclear </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture. What is SARE?
  14. 14. North Central Region SARE • Since 1988, SARE has invested in 4,000 projects nationwide • SARE in the North Central Region offers grants for: <ul><li>Research & Education </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Graduate Student </li></ul><ul><li>Farmer/Rancher </li></ul><ul><li>Youth and Youth Educator </li></ul>www.northcentralsare.org Photo by Carol Flaherty
  15. 15. The SARE Model <ul><li>Four regional councils set priorities and make grants </li></ul><ul><li>SARE Outreach produces practical info </li></ul><ul><li>USDA-NIFA supports SARE </li></ul><ul><li>Other USDA agencies and land-grant universities are partners </li></ul>
  16. 16. The SARE Model <ul><ul><li>Successful SARE grantees are engaged in projects that simultaneously guided by the 3 principals of sustainability… </li></ul></ul>Photo by Ted Coonfield Profit over the long term Stewardship of our nation ’s land and water Quality of Life for farmers, ranchers and their communities
  17. 17. SARE has education partnerships with Extension and other ag professionals in every state and island protectorate. Photo by Bob Nichols, USDA NRCS The SARE Model
  18. 18. SARE Outreach a library of practical, how-to books (in print or download for free) media outreach a portfolio of in-depth reports on current topics conference sponsorships countless online resources, including project reports
  19. 19. <ul><li>Sustainable pest and weed mgmt </li></ul><ul><li>Clean energy </li></ul><ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>Stewardship of land and water </li></ul><ul><li>Systems research </li></ul><ul><li>Community development </li></ul><ul><li>Crop diversification </li></ul><ul><li>Soil quality </li></ul><ul><li>Nutrient management </li></ul><ul><li>Rotational grazing </li></ul><ul><li>… and much more </li></ul>Photo by Troy Bishopp The SARE Portfolio
  20. 20. SARE Grants in Wisconsin (1989-2010) $5.5 million in funding for Wisconsin, 165 total grants
  21. 21. Research & Education (R&E) Program Photo courtesy Wayne Martin <ul><li>Grants for up to $200,000 for up to 3 yrs </li></ul><ul><li>Can be research or education projects </li></ul><ul><li>Grants go primarily to organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Fund 10 to 12 grants per year </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator is Beth Nelson </li></ul>
  22. 22. R&E Timeline <ul><li>Preproposals due June 9, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Invited full proposals due in October 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>Funding decisions made in March 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Funds available late fall 2012 </li></ul>
  23. 23. Stakeholder Involvement Problem identified by farmer and researcher Farmers involved in research and outreach
  24. 24. Graduate Student Grants <ul><li>Grants can be for up to $10,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Currently enrolled graduate students must write proposal and lead work on project </li></ul><ul><li>Proposals are due in January </li></ul><ul><li>12 to 16 grants are funded per year </li></ul><ul><li>Funds are available in the Fall </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator is Beth Nelson </li></ul>
  25. 25. Professional Development Program (PDP) <ul><li>Competitive grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Preproposals typically due in May; up to $75,000/grant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Full proposals due in August, approved in November </li></ul></ul><ul><li>State activities organized by state coordinators </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wisconsin SARE State Coordinator is Diane Mayerfield </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Face of SARE – communicating about SARE programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Initiatives – some change in topics from year to year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops, webinars, mini-grants, travel scholarships funded </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>by $50,000 in annual support from the SARE program </li></ul></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Farmer/Rancher Grants <ul><li>Directly funds farmers and ranchers </li></ul><ul><li>Up to $7500 for individual farm, $15,000 for partnerships, and $22,500 for groups of 3 or more </li></ul><ul><li>Applications due on December 2 this year </li></ul><ul><li>Can try out new production methods or marketing approaches for their farm </li></ul><ul><li>Encouraged to link with university or NGO partners </li></ul><ul><li>Required to have an outreach component </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator is Joan Benjamin </li></ul>
  27. 27. Youth/Youth Educator Grants <ul><li>Youth educator grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate for vo-ag teachers or other youth educators </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Applications can be for up to $2000 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth grants </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Appropriate for FFA, 4-H, or other youth projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages youth to learn about sustainable agriculture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can apply for up to $400 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both types of applications are due Jan. 12, 2012 </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator is Joan Benjamin </li></ul>
  28. 28. <ul><ul><li>“ Ratcheting up” with a proposed federal-state matching grants program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broadening outreach to the whole of American agriculture – sponsoring conferences, tailoring information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional extension training on “Carbon, Energy, and Climate” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>September 26-28, 2012 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kellogg Biological Station, Kalamazoo, Michigan </li></ul></ul>New and Future Directions for SARE Photo by Mary Kempfert
  29. 29. <ul><ul><li>Bioenergy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nutrient management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training new farmers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scaling up local food </li></ul></ul>Photo by Helenna Bratman Some Sustainability Challenges
  30. 30. What About Bioenergy?
  31. 31. Perennial Grasses
  32. 32. Nutrient Management
  33. 36. Tillage Radishes
  34. 40. www.sare.org
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