Western SARE Competitive Grants Professional + Producer (SFS)
Date: November 28, 2018
Time: All Day
Contact: Vanity Campbell
Sponsor: Contracts and Grants
Funding Opportunity Number: Not applicable
Funding Organization's Deadline: November 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM PT
Discipline/Subject Area: Sustainable agriculture
ANR Priority Area(s): SFS
Funding Available($): 50,000
Description: The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces the Call for Proposals for Professional + Producer Research and Education Grants for 2019. With a Professional + Producer Research and 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. 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
• Identify how the results of this project 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 longterm:
- Satisfy human food and fiber needs
- Enhance environmental quality and the natural resource base upon which the agriculture economy depends
- Make the most efficient use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources and integrate, where appropriate, natural biological cycles and
- Sustain the economic viability of farm operations
- Enhance the quality of life for farmers and society as a whole.
The Professional + Producer Research and Education project teams must have at least one agricultural professional and five (5) producers. Professional +Producer projects may be 1-3 years in length, and request up to $50,000 per application. The agricultural professional is the Principal Investigator. The producers act as field advisors to the agricultural professional.
Producers are defined as those having a primary occupation is farming or ranching; a farm/ranch tax number; or 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.
Projects may be 1 to 3 years in length. Funds up to $50,000 per application may be requested.
OCG Note: Please note any changes to the funding opportunity including deadline dates may not be updated to this calendar. Please visit the Sponsor's website below for additional information.