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Western SARE Names New Director

Thursday, Mar. 13, 2014

USU's Teryl Roper is the new Western SARE director

Teryl Roper, current department head for Plants, Soils and Climate at USU, was named the new director of Western SARE.

Teryl Roper always loved agriculture. Growing up in Utah County, it surrounded him and eventually led him to his botany and horticulture degrees. Now, Roper plans to transition his experience and love of agriculture into his newly announced position as director of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

Western SARE, which was founded in 1988, is a research and education grant program focused on the promotion of sustainable farming and ranching practices in the West. Based in Logan, Utah, at Utah State University, but serving 11 western states and four territories, Western SARE engages farmers and ranchers in the research process, a unique and critical component to Western SARE success, according to Roper.

“It increases the knowledge base on one side and helps educate on the other,” Roper said. “It’s the best of both worlds.”

Now, Roper is looking forward to leading the organization and using his experience as a former Extension specialist and his most recent experience as department head for the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate at USU to fulfill the mission of Western SARE.

“I’m most looking forward to working with the staff, growers and other agriculture leaders,” Roper said.

While he is looking forward to his new position, Roper acknowledges that the success of the organization he will soon lead is due in large part to the direction of its retiring leader, V. Philip Rasmussen.

“His vision and leadership for Western SARE for the past 20 years has made us successful,” Roper said. “I have very big shoes to fill.”

Roper assumes his new duties in July 2014.

About Western SARE

SARE is a program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture that functions through competitive grants conducted cooperatively by farmers, ranchers, researchers and agricultural professionals to advance farm and ranch systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities.

Contact: Teryl Roper, 435-797-8698,

Writer: Tiffany Adams, 435-797-7406,

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