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Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals in Western States
for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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12/06/17 1:00 PM MDT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA agricultural professionals in multiple western states and Pacific territories to conduct sustainable agricultural research and education projects with qualifying agricultural businesses. 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 Professional + Producer Research & Education Grant, an agricultural professional and five (5) producers work together to develop a proposal to conduct both research and education on a sustainable agricultural topic. The agricultural professional is the Principal Investigator. The producers act as field advisors to the agricultural professional.

Outreach activities such as: on-farm/ranch demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer educational outreach and other approaches to assist in producer adoption must be included. The goal is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals and can enhance income, protect the environment, and improve the quality of life for farm and 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 farmers and ranchers (producers) be involved from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded Research and Education project. Token representation is unacceptable.

Western SARE Professional + Producer 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.

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#: 158703

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds up to $50,000 per application may be requested.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be 1 to 3 years in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any agricultural professional that has the capability to conduct both research and outreach activities is eligible to apply.

An agricultural professional is any professional assisting producers at the local level such a cooperative extension service agent/educator, or specialist, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultant, or nonprofit staff member.

All proposals must have at least five (5) independent and separate producers operating for-profit operations.

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.

Nonprofit farm operations may participate in the project, but do not count as one of the five producers.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant Program Schedule:
-December 6, 2017 - Proposals are due by 1:00 PM MT. Signatures required.
-January 2018 - Technical review panel reviews and recommends 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 proposals 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)