SARE online courses about sustainable agriculture

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SARE online courses about sustainable agriculture

Post by admin » February 26th, 2007, 1:03 am

ONLINE SUSTAINABLE AG COURSE FOR AGRICULTURAL PROFESSIONALS
(news from UC Davis newsletter, january, 30, 2007):

A new online course on the basics of sustainable agriculture and what
it means for farmers, ranchers and communities across the United
States is now being offered free of charge by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)
program.

Although designed primarily for Cooperative Extension and Natural
Resource Conservation Service personnel, the coursework also is
useful for other agricultural, natural resource and
community-development professionals, according to David Chaney,
education coordinator for the University of California's Davis-based
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Chaney, who
also serves as the western region representative to USDA's SARE
program, helped create the course.

"The best thing about the course is that it is interactive and is in
a Web-based format that includes a variety of activities, real-life
examples and extensive links to other Web sites that offer
information, resources and assistance," he said. "Participants will
be able to work even more effectively with clients, and develop
research and extension programs that improve farming and ranching
systems. A major advantage is that it is self-guided and self-paced
so that students can complete it on their own schedule."

The course, titled Sustainable Agriculture: Basic Principles and
Concept Overview, can be accessed at the SARE National Continuing
Education Program Web site at:
   

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Cou ... griculture

SARE fact-sheets: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Fact-Sheets

SARE conference materials: http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Con ... -Materials
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