New England Forage and Weed ID and Management Training Project


About the Project

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NeSAREThis two-year professional development project, funded by Northeast SARE, is designed to help agricultural service providers and personnel working in Extension, USDA NRCS, State agricultural agencies, and non-government organizations throughout New England better identify forage/pasture plants and forage weeds and study pasture and haycrop management strategies to optimize forage production and quality on livestock farms.

Trainings will be conducted through in-person sessions (which will include classroom and in-field components) and webinars (delivered live but also archived as online resources). Participants will be expected to conduct a self-study of assigned forage and/or weed species and develop management “help” factsheets; these will be compiled into a resource guide for use among trainees as well as farmers. Participants will also be expected to conduct a farmer educational activity (e.g., workshop, field day, video, etc.).

Participant Benefits and Expectations


As a participant of this project, you will receive the following benefits:


Year 1 Training Calendar

Year 2 Training Calendar

For More Information

The project is a collaboration between the University of Vermont Extension and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. The project team includes:

Northeast SARE is a regional program of the nationwide SARE which offers competitive grants to projects that explore and address key issues affecting the sustainability and future economic viability of agriculture. The program is authorized under Subtitle B of Title XVI of the Food, Agriculture, Conservation, and Trade Act of 1990.  It's wider mission is to advance, to the whole of American agriculture, innovations that improve profitability, stewardship, and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. For more information go to,

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