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Grant Program Seeks Innovative Ideas for Farm, Ranch

Individual operators, including youth, may apply for up to $6,000 for a two-year project grant and groups of three or more can apply for up to $18,000.

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program is soliciting Farmer Rancher Grant proposals for 2008.

“I am encouraging farmers and ranchers to consider these competitive grants as a way to explore innovative management and marketing practices that could potentially increase profitability and environmental integrity, and improve the quality of life for their families and communities,” says Frank Kutka, SARE coordinator for North and South Dakota. Kutka also is a sustainable agriculture specialist at North Dakota State University’s Dickinson Research Extension Center.

Individual operators, including youth, may apply for up to $6,000 for a two-year project and groups of three or more can apply for up to $18,000.

The proposals are due by Dec. 1 at the North Central Region SARE office in St. Paul, Minn. Proposal information is available at http://sare.org/ncrsare/prod.htm. Also needed is a letter of support from a community representative.

All applicants are encouraged to contact Kutka to discuss their project ideas and for editorial comments. Kutka can be reached at (701) 483-2348, ext. 113, or e-mail at frank.kutka@ndsu.edu.

“There also is a new program to assist women and other underrepresented groups of applicants to improve their grant-writing skills,” Kutka says.

For more information about the SARE program in the Dakotas, go http://www.DakotaSARE.info or contact Joan Benjamin, SARE associate regional coordinator, at (402) 472-0809 or e-mail jbenjamin2@unl.edu.


NDSU Agriculture Communication

Source:Frank Kutka, (701) 483-2348, ext. 113, frank.kutka@ndsu.edu
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu
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