The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE) program in the Northeast Region has released
Calls for Proposals for three competitive grants efforts, including:
* producer projects -- through the Farmer/Grower Grants Program;
* research, education and demonstration projects; and
* professional development projects aimed at helping Cooperative
Extension Service, Natural Resource Conservation Service, NRCS,
and agricultural professionals, increase their understanding of sustainable
The national SARE effort, which was mandated by Congress in the
1990 Farm Bill, aims to enhance knowledge about and adoption of farming
systems and practices that conserve natural resources, prevent pollution,
are economically viable and enhance quality of life for producers, rural
communities and society as a whole.
The SARE program is implemented regionally, through four regional
host institutions. The Northeast Region includes Connecticut, Delaware,
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York,
Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Northeast host institution is the University of Vermont, with soil
scientist Fred Magdoff serving as coordinator. The regional program is
directed by an administrative council that represents diverse agricultural and
public interests, including producers.
FY 1996 DEADLINES:
Proposal deadlines, particularly for the producer grant program,
are earlier this year. Information on each grant program and respective due
HOW TO OBTAIN A CFP:
An electronic copy of any of the calls for proposals described below can be
obtained by sending a request in an email message to Merideth Simpson at
1. Producer Projects DEADLINE: Postmarked by December 15, 1995.
The region will award up to $100,000 in grants to farmers to
develop and test innovative production and marketing systems. Projects may
involve small research trials, educational activities and demonstrations.
Project activities should promote good stewardship of natural resources,
prevent agricultural pollution, improve farm profitability and/or enhance
quality of life.
Last year 38 grants were awarded. They ranged in size from $325 to
$5,571. Grants must be under the direction of at least one producer,
although collaboration with other producers and other members of the
agricultural community is strongly encouraged.
2. Research, Education and Demonstration Projects: DEADLINE: Jan. 19, 1996
This CFP solicits proposals for both the Northeast SARE program and
its companion program, Agriculture in Concert with the Environment (ACE), a
joint EPA - SARE effort.
The region seeks proposals that address issues of regional
importance to sustaining agriculture including, but not limited to:
* on-farm marketing and value-added opportunities;
* methods of enhancing soil-root interactions and health
* methods of integrating weed and disease management systems;
* ornamental horticulture and turf production systems;
* waste management and recycling;
* encouraging crop and livestock diversification;
* studies of animal, crop and farm system health;
* methods of integrating whole farm planning and total human and
natural resource management.
Proposals that focus on preventing agricultural pollution and
preventing the mis-use of nutrients and pesticides may receive preference
for ACE funding.
3. Professional Development: DEADLINE: Jan. 12, 1996.
This professional development effort, often called "Chapter 3," is
asking for project proposals through which Cooperative Extension personnel
and other agency field staff will learn about sustainable agricultural
systems and techniques and how to communicate that information to
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