On Defining
Sustainable Agriculture


         Travel Scholarships for Extension Educators to

              the CFSA Conference are now available.

            Contact Carol Moore for more information.                              



                              Nominations for

                      2014 NC SARE Outstanding

          Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator

                                  Now Open


North Carolina SARE is seeking an Extension Educator who has done the most significant work in Sustainable Agriculture.


Please see Nomination Guidelines on right for full details to nominate the candidate of your choice for this award. Self-nominations may also be submitted.

The Award will be presented at the Carolina Farm Stewardship's Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Greenville, SC, November 10-12, 2014.

Nominations close September 5, 2014. This date may seem like a long time from now, but time has a way of disappearing.  Please send your nominations to carolmoore27@gmail.com



        Martha Mobley, Franklin County Cooperative

       Extension, named NC SARE 2013 Outstanding

          Sustainable Agriculture Extension Educator


The NC SARE Extension Educator of the Year Award was presented to Martha Mobley of Franklin County, NC at the 2013 Carolina Farm Stewardship Asso- ciation’s Sustainable Ag- riculture Conference on Saturday, November 16, 2013. 

Martha is a passionate and forward thinking extension agent who has helped to spread the word about sustainable and direct market agriculture in her region of the state.  She has hosted numerous trainings, farm tours and events to further the knowledge about sustainable practices.  In addition, she owns and operates Meadow Lane Farm where organic practices are used, and sells her products at the Durham Farmers Market. The award was presented by Dr. Steve Washburn, NC SARE State Coordinator, NCSU, on left, and Roland McReynolds, CFSA Executive Director. Pictured are (left to right) Dr Steve Washburn, Martha Mobley and Roland McReynolds.


What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Subtitle B of Title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation and Trade Act of 1990...

...authorized the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) as a replacement for LISA. The legislation includes Chapters on Best Utilization of Biological Applications, Integrated Management Systems, and Technology Development and Transfer. The Program was funded in FY91 and 92 at $6,725,000. In addition, Congress defined Sustainable Agriculture "as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site specific application that will, over the long-term: satisfy human food and fiber needs; enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends; make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls; sustain the economic viability of farm/ranch operations; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ ranchers and society as a whole" (Title XVI, Subtitle A, Section 1603).


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