August 12, 2004
SARE Interim Coordinator for ND/SD Named
South Dakota State University Extension Associate Brad Ruden will serve as interim coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) programs for North and South Dakota.
Ruden will fill the interim role through at least the end of 2004, or until a permanent coordinator is named. The plan is to have the coordinator eventually working out of NDSU's Dickinson Research Extension Center.
A key part of Ruden's duties will be developing a mini-grants program in the two states, and helping coordinate a 12-state regional grants program. He also will distribute SARE/SAN (Sustainable Ag Network) materials to both states, develop a SARE newsletter and work to establish a new stakeholder advisory team for the two-state area. The advisory team will include representation from a wide range of organizations involved in sustainable agriculture.
SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. North and South Dakota are part of the North Central Region SARE program and have received funding as a joint program.
"This cooperative effort is somewhat unique within SARE, and provides excellent opportunities for collaboration between the two states," Ruden said.
The program has awarded more than $30 million in competitive grants to farmers, ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states.
A joint NDSU/SDSU Sustainable Ag Web site is under development, Ruden said. Learn more about the North Central Region SARE program by visiting its Web site, http://www.sare.org/ncrsare.
Ruden can be reached by phone at (605) 688-4596 or e-mail at Bradley.Ruden@sdstate.edu.