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On Farm SARE Research Grants for Producers (08/13/15)

Nearly all producers are experimenting with new products and methods during every growing season. However, in order to reach conclusions about the effectiveness of what was done different, there needs to be a standard to compare the results of the new with the old treatment.

On Farm SARE Research Grants for Producers

Nearly all producers are experimenting with new products and methods during every growing season. However, in order to reach conclusions about the effectiveness of what was done different, there needs to be a standard to compare the results of the new with the old treatment. This is called the control. In order to truly know if treatments are different there also needs to be replication of the treatments under investigation. It takes a bit of time to set up a good comparison between old and new products or methods. A good designed on farm experiment hopefully will show if there is a financial return on making a change in the farm operation using different varieties, products or farming methods.

There is an opportunity to participate in on farm research via the North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant program. The competitive grants are intended for agricultural producers who want to carry out sustainable agriculture research, demonstration, and education projects on their farms. Some of the examples of types of projects include; integrated pest management, minimizing wind and water erosion, better utilization of various water sources for crop production, minimum tillage, reduced tillage, and other new farming practices. These type of projects may qualify to receive grant funding. The proposals are due December 3, 2015. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this grant program for the 12 state area. Projects must be completed in 24 months. Individual grants can be up to $7,500, and up to approximately $22,500 for groups of three or more farmers. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals as well as useful information for completing a proposal online. You can find more information about sustainable agriculture or about the basic concepts here.

Producers are encouraged to develop proposals with the help of extension agents, consultants, and other agricultural professionals. The projects will be evaluated by farmers and professionals working in agriculture. For more information contact the North Dakota Sate SARE coordinators Karl Hoppe (701-652-2951) or Bill Hodous (701-662-7030)

 Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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