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Farmer Rancher Grant Program (09/14/17)

Farmers and ranchers have great insight when it comes to improving their production systems.

Farmer Rancher Grant Program

Farmers and ranchers have great insight when it comes to improving their production systems. They may choose to change their farming system to reduced tillage, limit off-farm inputs, reduce erosion, add cover crops, create more time for family or community activities, learn marketing skills, or find other ways to enhance their businesses. Farmers and ranchers can apply to the North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) for grant funding to implement their novel ideas. NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects. If you are a farmer or rancher, or if you work with producers, consider getting involved. The call for proposals for the Farmer and Rancher grants in now available, and the deadline for submission is December 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. For more information about SARE projects in North Dakota and the call for proposal, contact one of the two North Dakota state coordinators: Karl Hoppe at 701-652-2951 or Bill Hodous at 701-662-7030.

Before writing a grant proposal, determine a clear project goal, explore previous and current research and determine what previous grant recipients have accomplished. It often helps to contact ND NCR-SARE or NDSU Extension agents to share ideas and invite participation.

-The maximum Farmer Rancher grant amounts are $7,500 for an individual, $15,000 for a team of two farmers/ranchers (not from the same farm), or $22,500 for a group. These grants are intended for ideas initiated by farmers and ranchers.

-Projects may last up to 24 months.

-Grants support producers who are protecting natural resources, enhancing communities, and boosting profitability.

-Outreach and networking multiplies producer project results.

Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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