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SERA 45

SERA 45 is a Southern Extension and Research Activity that brings together a group of research and Extension faculty and staff at nine universities in eight states to address the need for crop diversification throughout the region. View the full participant list.

 

What We Do

Baskets of vegetables for sale at a farmers marketAgricultural production is a vital part of the economy of Kentucky and surrounding states. The states participating in this project (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and West Virginia) are home to 358,757 small farms that encompass 179 or fewer acres (Census of Agriculture, 2012). This project will conduct assessments of resources and resource needs on a regular basis with a view toward Extension, education, and publications/products related to crop diversification. Participants will:

  • Develop research-based production information about crops and systems that have potential to be profitable for small farms 
  • Coordinate research and Extension activities among participants
  • Expand the activities of the Center for Crop Diversification to include price reports (farmers markets, produce auctions, farm to school, and retail) from the participating states
  • Conduct market research in the participating states on consumer preferences and marketing channels that are most effective and profitable for small farms

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Who We Are

Packaged strawberriesThe SERA 45 collaborative includes a talented and diverse group of researchers and Extension personnel from:

- Horticulture (fruit, vegetable and nursery crops)

- Agricultural economics

- Plant pathology

- Sustainable agriculture

- Organic production

- Water quality/environmental toxicology

 

View full participant list (PDF)