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Farmer/Rancher Research and Education Grant

Grants to USA Agricultural Producers in Western
States to Advance Sustainable Agricultural Practices

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Deadline Date:

12/06/17 1:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $20,000 and grants of up to $25,000 to USA agricultural producers in multiple western states and Pacific territories to promote sustainable practices and improve operations. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia.

With a Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant, a producer, working with a technical advisor, develops a proposal to conduct research and education (outreach) on a sustainable agriculture topic. Outreach may include: on-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational activities and other approaches to assist in the education and producer adoption in an area of sustainable agriculture. The goal is to find ways to enhance farm income, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life for farm/ranch families, communities, and society as a whole.

Farmer/Rancher Involvement: Congress mandates that the SARE grant program depart from “business as usual.” To that end, the Administrative Council requires that agricultural producers (farmers/ranchers) be involved from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded Research and Education project.

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research and Education projects should:

-Design innovative on-farm/ranch experiments that will lead to a more sustainable agriculture.
-Conduct on-the-ground research and education
(outreach) within the scope of the project. Both research and education components must be distinct elements of the proposal.
-Identify how the results of this project and the adoption by other producers could advance sustainable agriculture.
-Detail creative educational outreach plans that deliver this new knowledge to other producers and professionals in the western region.

Sustainable Agriculture:

Congress has defined sustainable agriculture as an integrated system of plant and animal production practices having a site-specific application that will over the long-term:

-Satisfy human food and fiber needs;
-Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agricultural economy depends;
-Make the most efficient use of non-renewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and controls;
-Sustain the economic viability of farm operations; and
-Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.

Western SARE Goals:

-Promote good stewardship of the nation’s natural resources by providing site-specific, regional and profitable sustainable farming and ranching methods that strengthen agricultural competitiveness; satisfy human food and fiber needs; maintain and enhance the quality and productivity of soil; conserve soil, water, energy, natural resources and fish and wildlife habitat; and maintain and improve the quality of surface and ground water.
-Enhance the quality of life of farmers and ranchers and ensure the viability of rural communities, for example, by increasing income and employment, especially profitable self-employment and innovative marketing opportunities in agricultural and rural communities.
-Protect the health and safety of those involved in food and farm systems by reducing, where feasible and practical, the use of toxic materials in agricultural production, and by optimizing on-farm resources and integrating, where appropriate, biological cycles and controls.
-Promote crop, livestock and enterprise diversification.
-Examine the regional, economic, social, and environmental implications of adopting sustainable agriculture practices and systems

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158702

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to a total of $20,000 per proposal is allowed for a single producer and up to $25,000 is allowed for three or more producers.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be 1 - 3 years in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only producers operating a for-profit operation are eligible to apply for a Farmer/Rancher Grant.

Nonprofit organizations are not eligible for this grant program.

The producer (farmer/rancher) is fiscally responsible for the project and, if funded, provides his or her Social Security number. Each producer must be an independent and separate operation.

You are a producer (farmer/rancher) if:
1. Your primary occupation is farming or ranching;
2. You have a farm/ranch tax number; or
3. You are a part-time producer and you have at least $1,000 of documented annual income
from the operation.

Technical Advisor: All proposals must have a qualified technical advisor who should assist with the planning, evaluation, outreach, and reporting. Technical advisors may be cooperative extension educators/agents and specialists, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit staff members or other agricultural professionals assisting producers at the local level. The technical advisor’s resume (two-page maximum) must be included. The technical advisor cannot be one of the producers.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Schedule:
-December 6, 2017 - Proposals are due by 1:00 PM MST. Signatures required.
-January 2018 - Technical review panel selects proposals for grant funding.
-March 2018 - Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections.
-April 2018 - Coordinators of funded grant applications are informed of proposal status.
-Summer 2018 - Funds for selected projects will be disbursed.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All applications are submitted online at:

Western SARE
Room 115
AGRS Utah State University
4865 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-4865

P: (435) 797-2257
F: (435) 797-3344

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)