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NSSI E-Book of Accomplishments and Outputs

The NSSI is a competitive grants program that aims to move sustainable production forward through multidisciplinary projects focused on new and proven technology, demonstration, outreach, extension and education, resulting in increased sustainable production and supply of strawberries to consumers.    

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 Center For Agricultural And Rural Sustainability

The mission of the CARS is to increase prosperity for rural Arkansas through sustainable practices. The Center provides leadership in Arkansas and the world in balancing the demands of community, agriculture and ecosystems in order to meet the needs of current generations while enhancing the opportunity for future generations to meet their needs.

Mission and Objectives of the NSSI

The goal of this Program is to improve sustainability of the US strawberry production system throughout the supply chain, from growers to consumers. To meet this goal, outreach, education, demonstration, and
development priority areas include:

  • Increasing the regional diversity of US strawberry production

  • Reducing chemical and energy inputs

  • Conserving water and improving soil health in production

  • Reducing post-harvest loss


This project is funded by a grant from the Walmart Foundation and administered by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Center for
Agricultural and Rural Sustainability.


National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative Grants Program
316 Plant Science Building, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701 USA
Program Manager - Heather Friedrich, sberries@uark.edu, 479-575-2798
Financial Manager - Brenda Duggins, bduggins@uaex.edu, 501-671-2259
Communications Specialist - Luke Freeman, lfreeman@uark.edu, 479-575-2798