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Producer Grants: Advancing Sustainable Ag Innovations

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Producer Grants: Advancing Sustainable Ag Innovations

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  1. Producer Grants: Advancing Sustainable Ag Innovations Southern SARE Funding Opportunities for Farmers/Ranchers

  2. Who is SARE? Stands for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program Authorized in the 1985 Farm Bill and is part of USDA’s NIFA program Our goal is to support farmers, researchers and educators as they explore sustainable ag practices Primary tool is grants

  3. How SARE Works Regionally administered; we support 13 states and two territories in the Southern region Host institutions: UGA, FVSU, Kerr Center Participatory Inclusive Administrative Council sets research priorities, releases grant calls for proposals, and reviews/selects grants

  4. Defining Sustainable Agriculture • SARE’s three broad goals, known as the Pillars of Sustainability • Profit over the long term • Stewardship of our nation’s land, air and water • Quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities These goals must be considered when applying for a grant.

  5. Our Grant Opportunities Nationally, SARE has provided funding support for over 5,000 sustainable ag research projects. In the Southern region, we’ve awarded over $52 million in grants for over 900 proposals. We have allotted about $2 million for Producer Grants.

  6. Producer Grants • For farmers and ranchers interested in conducting on-farm sustainable agriculture research to solve farming and ranching challenges. • Awards up to $10,000 for individuals, and $15,000 for farmer organizations. • Can be funded for up to two years. • Grants include a diverse range of topics that promote sustainable agriculture. Examples include trap crops, cover crops, multi-species grazing, innovative marketing, beneficial insects. • Sample Funded Grants • Mushroom Production on 100% Waste Substrate • Insect Exclusion Using Woven Shade Cloth • Switchgrass as Beneficial Insect Habitat and Compost • Increasing Sustainability of Goat Production

  7. What We Fund What We Don’t Fund • Fund • Cost of sampling • Materials or supplies • Outreach expenses • Travel for the project • Hired labor • Refreshments for outreach • Don’t Fund • Buying equipment or land • Starting a farm • Permanent farm improvements • Lunches or other full meals • Testing commercial products Download the Call for Proposals to learn more:

  8. Interested in Submitting a Proposal? Tips to Consider Don’t be afraid to discuss your idea with others Ask other people to look at your proposal before submitting it. Ask Questions • Farmer/Cooperator collaboration • Download and READ the Call for Proposals BEFORE applying • Develop clear goals • Plan and prepare; don’t wait until the last minute

  9. Know More • SARE offers more than grants • Learning Center: National publications, including facts sheets, bulletins and books • Regional educational resources and newsletters • SARE program materials • Grantee project products • Videos • Topic Rooms • SARE listserv

  10. To Learn More, Visit: E-mail: Call: 770-412-4787 Contact your SARE state coordinator Look for us at conferences, workshops and other events