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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE) Regions

NIFA provides leadership and works in close partnership with four SARE regions—North Central, Northeast, South, and West—which award competitive grants to conduct projects that investigate new region-appropriate sustainable agriculture practices.

SARE regions work under the direction of councils that include farmers and ranchers, along with representatives from universities, government, agribusiness, and nonprofit organizations. Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 3,000 projects, including:

  • Research and education grants—Ranging from $60,000 to $150,000 or more, these grants fund projects that usually involve scientists, producers, and others in an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Professional development grants—To spread the knowledge about sustainable concepts and practices, these projects educate Cooperative Extension Service staff and other ag professionals.
  • Producer grants—Producers apply for grants that typically run between $1,000 and $15,000 to conduct on-site experiments and share the results with other farmers and ranchers.
  • Other grant opportunities—Graduate students, community development practitioners, and educators conducting on-farm research can apply for grants in some SARE regions.

For requests for proposals, application deadlines, and other information, contact the regional offices directly.


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