Sustainable Agriculture Farmer and Rancher Grants Now Open

If you are a farmer or rancher, there is a grant program now open you may be interested in. It is from USDA’s popular Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (SARE).

SARE offers competitive grants through four regional councils: the Western Region, Southern Region, Northeast Region, and the North Central Region.

In our 12-state region, the North Central SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now available online. Proposals are due on Dec. 3, 2015.

NCR-SARE is inviting the region's farmers and ranchers to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems you face on your farm or ranch. They look for innovative ideas, and they want to know how you will share project results.
Three types of competitive grants are available. Grants for individual are $7,500 maximum. Grants for two farmers or ranchers from separate operations who are working together are up to 15,000 maximum. And group grants are up to $22,500 for three or more farmers or ranchers from separate operations who are working together.
In the North Central region, NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects. Approximately $400,000 is available for grant-making.

Here in Nebraska, Gary Lesoing, an Extension Educator in Nemaha County, serves as the Nebraska State SARE Coordinator. He says the state has had a number of excellent grant recipients in the Farmer/Rancher Grant Program over the years. Gary is available to help answer questions or review your proposal. You can reach him at 402.274.4755 or by email at

SARE coordinators are available in every state. You can find your state coordinator here.

Feature image: Photo of calendula from the NCR-SARE website.