SARE Professional Development Program

SARE_Western_Logo_LowThe USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program (PDP) first received funding from the U.S. Congress in 1994. The SARE PDP is designed to help Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agricultural professionals increase their ability to respond to the needs of farmers, ranchers, and the public regarding sustainable agriculture concepts and systems.

In Washington, SARE PDP is part of CSANR.  The goal of our professional development program is to help WSU Extension, NRCS, and other agency personnel to gain knowledge and skills that will help them serve their constituents in these areas to promote the health of Washington’s people, land, and communities.

The state coordinator for the program is Tara Zimmerman and the PDP faculty committee includes Chad Kruger in central Washington, Chris Benedict in western Washington, and Steve Van Vleet in eastern Washington. Chad, Chris and Steve are members of the CSANR Leadership Team, a diverse group of WSU faculty that set the direction for the work at CSANR, including the professional development program. The CSANR Advisory Committee, made up of individuals from various sectors of Washington’s diverse agriculture, provide external advice and guidance to CSANR and the professional development program coordinator and faculty committee.

2014 RFP Announced    Application for PDP funding is included in link.

For more information please contact Tara Zimmerman at 206-770-6073.