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Dr. Andy Clark

Research Associate

SARE Outreach Coordinator

USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education 1122 Patapsco Building 5145 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, Maryland 20742-6715


  • Cover crops
  • sustainable agriculture
  • soil health

Dr. Andy Clark has coordinated the outreach activities of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE) since 1995. SARE publishes information about sustainable agriculture using various media including the web at Dr. Clark worked as a technician in the Department of Agronomy while completing a Masters Degree (1988) in Plant Breeding and a Ph.D (1993) in Cropping Systems.

Andy oversees a complex communications and outreach program – called SARE Outreach -- with a staff of five communications professionals. The program has been recognized by the Association for Communications Excellence (ACE) in 2012 and in 2013, for our website and our annual report, respectively. In both years, we won not only an award within our subcategory, but also the gold award: “Outstanding Professional Skill Award,” for Information Technology in 2012 and for Writing in 2013. See and We have also won three awards from the American Society of Agronomy: for our (first) website, for a book, and for a topical bulletin.

Andy has personally edited 3 books, including Managing Cover Crops Profitably, “the Bible of Cover Crops” as it is regularly called, but in addition, he is responsible for every aspect of SARE Outreach and has played a major role in what has become a formidable communications program. See, which conveys some idea of the complexity of the work that Andy is now doing, including:

  • Oversight of dozens of individual program projects, from concept to completion
    • 20 books, some with multiple editions and reprints
    • 16 annual reports 12-16 pages
    •  18 bulletins (12-32 pages)
    • Development of initial website presence (1996) and two major overhauls