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Farmer Grants (09/15/16)

The USDA funded, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) organization is seeking farmer initiated proposals for the 2017 Farmer Rancher Grant funding.

Farmer Grants

The USDA funded, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) organization is seeking farmer initiated proposals for the 2017 Farmer Rancher Grant funding.

Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota and other states in the north central region are encouraged to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should have farmers own innovative ideas to investigate sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results with other producers and those interested in agriculture. Extension staff and agricultural consultants are encouraged to assist agricultural producers in the development of project proposals.

Sustainable agriculture is defined as production practices that are good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum).

NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region for this 2017 grant cycle. Proposals are due on December 8, 2016 at 4 p.m. CST, at the SARE office. NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at 2017 Grant Proposal. You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at the Carrington Research and Extension Center website or at the SARE web site

For more information about SARE projects in North Dakota and the call for proposals, contact one of the two North Dakota state coordinators: Karl Hoppe at 701-652-2951 or Bill Hodous at 701-662-7030.

Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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