New Report Highlights SAREP Work 1995-1997
UC SAREP, now in its eleventh year, highlights the last two years of program
work in "UC SAREP Biennial Report: 1995-1997." Since 1987, SAREP has
awarded more than $3.5 million to approximately 260 basic and applied
research projects, community development and public policy projects,
seminars, field demonstrations and graduate student awards.
"The greatest successes in the first years of the program were in working
with systems-based projects that helped identify how agricultural systems
worked and showed how their component parts were connected. Our new
Biennial Report shows that the most successful recent projects in both
production agriculture and community and public policy areas have been
community-based," says Bill Liebhardt, SAREP director.
Premier examples of collaborative work in production agriculture detailed in
the Biennial Report are the Biologically Integrated Orchard Systems (BIOS)
and Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) projects. These
voluntary team-management approaches to helping farmers solve orchard and
farming systems challenges include farmers, UC farm advisors and
researchers, independent pest control advisors, and industry representatives.
SAREP projects aimed at community food systems, regional "food sheds" and
similar concepts have brought momentum to economic and public policy issues
affecting sustainable agriculture. Some of the pivotal projects in this
area are also community-based and highly collaborative. An outstanding
example included in the Biennial Report is the PlacerGROWN Agricultural
Marketing project in Placer County.
The Biennial Report also includes summaries of SAREP-funded projects that
are both production-oriented and intrinsically tied to community
sustainability issues, including a project seeking to improve the health of
the Tulelake ecosystem while maintaining viable agriculture critical to the
A limited number of printed copies of UC SAREP Biennial Report: 1995- 1997
are available free from the SAREP office. Contact the office at SAREP,
University of California, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-8716; Tel: (530)
752-7556; email: email@example.com The report is available on SAREP's
World Wide Web site at: http://firstname.lastname@example.org/publications
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