1996 Minigrants Awarded

North Central Sustainable Agriculture Training Program
Minigrants Awarded in 1996

For the second year, the North Central Sustainable Agriculture Training
Program has awarded minigrants to support regional training activities.
These minigrants supply funds for out-of-state speakers and special topic
tours. The goals are to:
-stimulate the exchange of information and materials across states
-test alternative learning methods
-give educators on-farm experience with various systems
-provide in-depth training on sustainable agriculture issues

I recommend you contact the principal investigator of these minigrants for
lessons learned and suggestions for other educators.   Heidi Carter,
Education Coordinator NCSATP

Michigan Agricultural Stewardship Association
Russ LaRowe, Michigan Agricultural Stewardship Association, 605 N Birch St,
Kalkaska, MI 49646, 616-258-3305
        Speakers—John Ikerd, University of Missouri-Columbia, "Sustainable
Agriculture: Do We Really Need to Define It?" and Robert Leader, Indiana
Farmers Union, "Farm-Based Value-Added Systems," January 1996

Michigan State University Extension Service
James Good, Barry County Agriculture and Natural Resource Agent, 220 W Court
St, Hastings, MI 49058, 616-948-4862
        Speakers—Loni Kemp, Minnesota Project, "Elements of Whole Farm
Planning" and George Shetler, Shetler's Amazing Graze Farms, "Farmer
Experience in Whole Farm Planning," November 1996
        Tour—Kellogg Biological Station, Hickory Corners, MI, and Water
Quality Innovation Site on the Guthrie Farm, Delton, MI, November 1996

Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society
Cris Carusi, Nebraska Sustainable Agriculture Society, PO Box 736,
Hartington, NE 68739, 402-254-2289
	Speakers—Fred Kirschenmann, North Dakota farmer, "Growing Better Instead of
Bigger: Opportunities and Obstacles" and Cornelia Butler-Flora, North
Central Regional Center for Rural Development, "Investing in Sustainability:
Creating Capital on Farms and in Rural Communities," February 1997

University of Nebraska Extension Service and the Nebraska Sustainable
Agriculture Society
Jane Sooby, High Plains Agricultural Lab, 3257 Rd 109, Sidney, NE 69162,
	Speaker—Tom Frantzen, Iowa farmer, "Free Your Brain and Your Behind Will
Follow," February 1997

North Dakota Extension Service
Tom Hanson, North Central Research Extension Center, RR 3, Box 174, Minot,
ND 	58701, 701-857-7679
	Speakers—Sandra Wyman, NRCS Rangeland Management Specialist, "Grazing
Riparian Zones and Other Environmentally Sensitive Areas" and Dennis
Johnson, University of Minnesota Extension Service, "Alternative Learning
Methods for Producers," September 1996
	Tours—Dakota Lakes Research Farm featuring no-till equipment testing and
the Clarence Mortenson Ranch featuring Holistic Resource Management, both
near Pierre, SD, August 1996

Innovative Farmers of Ohio
Keith Dix, 1842 Bell Rd, Wooster, OH 44691, 330-262-1842
	Speakers—Sarah Vogel, North Dakota Commissioner of Agriculture, "The New
Generation of Cooperatives: Opportunities for Rural Communities," Robert
Leader, Indiana Farmers Union, "Value-Added Agricultural Enterprises: Their
Role in Rural Communities," and Fred Blackmer, Iowa State University, "Soil
Health and Rural Communities," January 1997

Heidi Carter					E-Mail:  csas007@unlvm.unl.edu
Education Coordinator				Phone:   402-472-0917
Center for Sustainable Agricultural Systems
University of Nebraska-Lincoln