For Application Information, Contact:
Phil Rasmussen, Ph.D., Regional Coordinator, Western SARE
(435) 797-2257 or email@example.com
Search Underway for
Western Sustainable Agriculture
Professional Development Coordinator
The Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
(Western SARE) program has just released a call for proposals for a
Professional Development Program Coordinator, who will lead and develop
activities aimed at expanding understanding of sustainable agriculture
concepts and systems among Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agricultural professionals in the
USDA western region.
The professional development effort is a component of the regional
SARE program, which was first funded by the U.S. Congress a decade ago and
is authorized by the 1990 and 1996 Farm Bills.
The Professional Development Program, PDP, became an active part of
the SARE effort in 1994. It now funds competitive and state-by-state grants
to develop learning opportunities and informational resources for
agricultural professionals on sustainable agriculture topics, issues and
field practices. The effort also orchestrates in-person, electronic and
other networking avenues so that designated state leaders can share
information, research outcomes and successful training approaches.
The search for a new PDP Coordinator is now underway to replace
Jill Shore Auburn, Ph.D., who recently left the position to become the
USDA's National Program Leader for Sustainable Agriculture. Al Kurki of the
National Center for Appropriate Technology will continue his role as PDP
Co-Coordinator and representative of the non-profit sustainable agriculture
community in the west.
The application deadline for the PDP Coordinator position is July
30, 1998 at 5:00 p.m (Mountain Standard Time). (Faxed applications will not
The region's governing Administrative Council expects to select the
new coordinator by September 1, 1998, and professional development
leadership activities would likely start on October 1, 1998.
For a detailed request for proposals for the position, contact
Western SARE's host office at (435) 797-2257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please direct any questions to Regional Coordinator Phil Rasmussen.
Information about Western SARE, including a new section that
highlights the current professional development effort, are available
on-line via the regional Web site** at http://ext.usu.edu/wsare/
Western SARE operates in cooperation with the USDA SARE office and
the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service.
Utah State University is host to the SARE program in the western
region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii,
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and
the Island Protectorates of American Samoa, Guam, Micronesia and the
Northern Mariana Islands.
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