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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


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