NCR-SARE announces 2013 Farmer Rancher Grant call for proposals

Here’s an opportunity to evaluate those farming questions you discovered this summer!

The 2013 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant call for proposals is now available.

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable and socially responsible.

Projects should emphasize research or education and demonstration. There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum); partner grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum); and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 45 projects in the 12-state north central region with this call. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this program. Grant recipients have 25 months to complete their projects.

Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal. You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at or take a free National Continuing Education Program online course about the basic concepts.

Proposals are due on Thursday, November 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the NCR-SARE main office in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. A hard copy or an emailed copy of the call for proposals is also available by contacting Joan Benjamin. We make revisions to our calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals.

Each state in SARE's North Central Region has one or more state sustainable agriculture coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their state sustainable agriculture coordinator online. In Michigan, contact Dale Mutch at 269-467-5645.

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