Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program.

How Does it Work?


To advance such knowledge nationwide, SARE administers a competitive grants program first funded by Congress in 1988. Grants are offered through four regions -- North Central, Northeast, South and West -- under the direction of councils that include farmers and ranchers along with representatives from universities, government, agribusiness and nonprofit organizations. The diversity in membership of the regional administrative councils reflects SARE's commitment to serve the whole spectrum of the agricultural community. SARE's broad representation remains largely unique in federal grant funding for agriculture.

Grant Options

SARE is a competitive grants program providing grants to researchers, agricultural educators, farmers and ranchers, and students in the United States.

Research and Education Grants: Ranging from $30,000 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 research, marketing and demonstration projects and share the results with other farmers and ranchers.

On Farm Research/Partnership: Supports on-farm research by Extension, NRCS, and/or nonprofit organizations. Northeast, Southern and Western regions.

Sustainable Community Innovation: Forges connections between sustainable agriculture and rural community development. Northeast and Southern regions.

Entrepreneurial Opportunities


The grants from SARE are available in a variety of formats and can lead to intriguing opportunities for all kinds of rural residents. With the assortment of programs there is incredible opportunity to expand the entrepreneurism in eligible areas. The grants supply money to research ways to improve the life of rural residents. By studying sustainable agriculture SARE improves the vitality and future for rural communities. With more sustainable practices rural communities are able to look at the long term and plan for extended growth and renewed investments in themselves.



Overview of the SARE program:
The available grants and funding website for SARE:
Regional Map of SARE programs:

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For more information contact Anna Johnson, at or 515.215.1294