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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – It could be called “Everything You Wanted to Know about Sustainable
Strawberries but Were Afraid to Ask,” but this e-book’s secrets can be now be revealed
though a single download.
The e-book was grown from the minds behind the National Strawberry Sustainability
Initiative, also known as NSSI. Its 60 digital pages are overflowing with content
and links to more than 70 videos, tools and publications created to improve the sustainability
of U.S. strawberry production.
NSSI was created in 2013 by a $3 million donation by the Walmart Foundation to the
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The foundation donated another
$1.05 million in 2014 to move research from concept to reality. The e-book is a summary
of the project’s accomplishments so far.
“Moving the Needle: Accomplishments of the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative
2013-2014,” can be downloaded at http://strawberry.uark.edu/nssiweb.pdf.
“This book distills the creativity and hard work that were part of 20 sustainability
research projects by universities in 13 states,” said NSSI Program Director Curt Rom.
“With strawberries being one of America’s most sought-after fresh fruit, this research
will help expand where and when the fruit can be grown. This resource really will
help people and does indeed move the needle on strawberry sustainability."
“We believe this research will expand access to fresh fruit, enhance local economies
through individual farms, and in short, help people live better,” said NSSI Co-Director
Rom is a horticulture professor and Rainey is a professor and extension economist.
Among the book’s features are links to:
The projects funded for the second phase of the NSSI grants program are currently
underway in Arkansas, Florida, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey and Texas. The
NSSI is administered by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Sustainability, or CARS,
within the Division of Agriculture.
CARS is composed of faculty from multiple disciplines and focuses on enhancing economic,
social and ecological prosperity for rural communities around the world. Established
in 2007, CARS’ work includes developing tools for farmers in the U.S. and around the
world that can predict greenhouse gas impacts in livestock operations, researching
and teaching production methods that improve water quality and quantity and enabling
farms to provide healthy and safe produce.
More information about the National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative at http://strawberry.uark.edu/.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to all eligible persons
regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin,
religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any
other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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By Mary HightowerThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Luke Freeman National Sustainable Strawberry Initiative email@example.com