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SARE - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

The SARE Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program has celebrated 25 years since the program started.  During the past three years the North Dakota SARE has been co-located in the Carrington Research Extension Center and the Ramsey County Extension Office.
SARE is a nationwide program that is funded by the National Institute of Food And agriculture, USDA.  North Dakota SARE is part of the North Central Region SARE.  The NCR SARE’s mission is to ‘strengthen rural communities, increase farm /ranch profitability, and improve the environment by supporting research and education’.
The North Central Region’s cultural history and agricultural prowess, combined with innovative new sustainable agriculture systems, strengthen rural communities and support healthy, productive, and profitable farms and ranches. NCR-SARE promotes sustainable agriculture through competitive grant programs that advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound, and good for communities.
The 12 NCR states—Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin—have a rich agricultural history.  NCR-SARE’s challenge is to preserve its place in the front lines of agricultural production through innovative food and fiber systems that promote healthy communities, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. 
A very diverse resource for educations resources can be found online at  These included books, bulletins, fact sheets, newsletters, topic rooms, courses and curricula, reports, and products on SARE funded research and education projects.
  • farmers 
  • ranchers 
  • scientists 
  • educators 
  • institutions 
  • youth educators 
  • organizations 
  • others exploring sustainable agriculture
For the North Central Region,  six grant programs are available:  Farmer-Rancher, Research and Education, Professional Development program, Graduate Student, Youth Educator, and Partnership.  Grant descriptions and maximum grant awards are at

NCR-SARE has awarded more than $40 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states. For more information on our grant programs and proposal process, visit NCR-SARE online at , or you can contact the NCR-SARE  or ND SARE Co-coordinators for more information.

Karl Hoppe – Area Extension Livestock Specialist and SARE Co-Coordinator
Bill Hodous – Ramsey County Extension Agent and SARE Co-Coordinator
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