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Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals in Western States
for Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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11/13/19 12:00 PM Noon MST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to USA agricultural professionals in multiple western states and Pacific territories to conduct sustainable agriculture research and education projects with qualifying agricultural businesses. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and The Federated States of Micronesia.

With a Professional + Producer Research & 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. The agricultural professional is the Principal Investigator. The producers act as field advisors to the agricultural professional.

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 the proposal.
  • Identify how the results of this project and the adoption by other producers could advance sustainable agriculture.
  • Detail creative educational outreach plans that deliver this new knowledge to other producers and professionals in the western region.

For a definition of sustainable agriculture and a list of Western SARE goals, see page 2 of the Call for Proposals document in Supporting Documents below.  

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158703

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funds up to $50,000 per application may be requested.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be 1 to 3 years in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any agricultural professional who has the capability to conduct both research and outreach/education activities and has no conflict of interest with Western SARE (see Conflict of Interest) is eligible to apply for a Professional + Producer grant. An agricultural professional is any professional assisting producers at the local level such a Cooperative Extension service agent/educator or specialist, University faculty or researcher, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultant, or nonprofit staff member. The Principal Investigator (PI) should have the capability to comply with requirements of Institutional Review Board (IRB) for research that involves human subjects and to comply with the requirements of an Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for research that involves animals. All proposals must have at least five independent producers operating for-profit operations.

Professional + Producer Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:

- Capital Equipment purchases above $5,000– see above for more information.
- Starting or expanding a farm or farm operation.
- Major renovations/permanent improvements to a farm or ranch, such as constructing or remodeling a building.
- Repairs/Maintenance of equipment or buildings.
- Providing meals during events that are not necessary to maintain the continuity of a scheduled meeting; breakfasts and dinners typically do not qualify.
- Testing of commercial products.
- Student tuition and fees.

Pre-Application Information:

Professional Producer Grant Program Schedule:

- November 13, 2019 Proposals are due by 12 pm (noon) MST.
- January 2020 A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends proposals for funding.
- March 2020 Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections.
- April 2020 Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All proposals are submitted online at:

Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
P.O. Box 172840
Bozeman MT 59717
(406) 994-4789

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)