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NCR-SARE Announces 2009 Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals

I receive more questions on grants than almost any subject.  Below is a call for proposals for the most readily accessible farmer grants that I am aware.

The 2009 North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available online at

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central Region are invited to submit grant proposals for projects 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/demonstration. Grants can range from $6,000 for individual farmers up to $18,000 for groups of 3 or more farmers.

NCR-SARE expects to fund about 50 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call.

The deadline for proposals is Thursday, December 3, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Joan Benjamin, NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at or 402-472-0809 or (800) 529-1342.

The NCR has funded more than 700 farmer rancher grants worth more than $4,300,000 since the inception of this program.

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 at


September 1, 2009 at 8:15 am

2009 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tour Series

Ohioans’ taste in food is changing. Conscientious consumers are looking for food grown locally and in a way that protects and conserves our natural resources. Ohio farmers are meeting this growing demand for wholesome food by adopting sustainable farming practices and developing creative marketing solutions. Through this tour series, you are invited to get out in the field and see just how it’s done. Each farmer is prepared to share their extensive experience — both successes and failures — with anyone interested in learning more. Market gardeners, grain and livestock producers, processors, future farmers, educators, and discriminating food lovers are encouraged to attend.

All tours are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. Events will take place rain or shine.

This series is sponsored by

• Innovative Farmers of Ohio (IFO)

• Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA)

• Ohio Forage and Grasslands Council (OFGC)

• The Ohio State University Organic Food and Farming Education and Research (OFFER) Program

• The Ohio State University Sustainable Agriculture Team

• USDA SARE Program

The brochure with all tour information is available for download in pdf format here: 2009 Ohio Sustainable Farm Tours

June 8, 2009 at 7:30 am 1 comment

Farm Grants Available

The North Central Region (NCR) SARE program of the USDA has allocated funding for the 2008 Farmer/Rancher Grant Program. Competitive grants of up to $6,000 are available for individual farmers and ranchers, and grants up to $18,000 are available for groups of three or more farmers from separate operations who are interested in exploring sustainable agriculture. Farmers/Ranchers are invited to submit proposals that test, evaluate, and adapt sustainable agriculture practices for their operations; conduct learning circles, educational events, field days or demonstrations to further disseminate information to farmers/ranchers; develop new technologies; or create or modify equipment. These grants are for sustainable agriculture research and education projects; they are not for everyday farming expenses. Applicants must identify specific problems and potential solutions to those problem with a maximum duration for grant project of 21 months. Projects that involve whole farm systems and/or a youth component are encouraged.

Any farmer/rancher or group of farmers/ranchers may apply. Beginning farmers and/or youth may apply. Applicants may be just beginning the transition to a more sustainable operation or may already be using sustainable practices and want to implement additional changes. To qualify for a group project, there must be at least three farmers/ranchers involved who come from separate, independent operations. Groups submitting proposals must designate one individual farmer/rancher as group leader. The group leader will submit and sign the application, be responsible for reporting, and assume any tax liability associated with the grant.

In spring 2009, grant recipients can request an initial payment of 50% of their grant funds to start their projects. Grant recipients will receive a payment of 35% of grant funds after submitting a satisfactory progress report, and a final 15% payment when their project is completed and their final report is submitted and approved. Applications must be received by mail or e-mail in the NCR-SARE office by 4:30 pm (CST) on December 1, 2008. For more information visit or contact Andy Kleinschmidt at or 419-238-1214.

September 3, 2008 at 7:00 am


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