NOTE TO PRINT OR ON-LINE EDITORS:
Please do not post this announcement after December 15, giving applicants
at least one month to request applications and prepare grant proposals.
For a grant application, contact:
Western SARE Host Office, Utah State University
or, get it on-line after October 27th at http://ext.usu.edu/wsare/
Call for Producer-Directed Research Proposals
Available in Late October, Due on January 15
(Logan, UT) -- Producers and producer groups residing in the
Western U.S. will soon be able to compete for grants to identify, evaluate
and test sustainable agriculture practices and challenges. Individuals can
apply for up to $5,000; producer groups (three or more farm/ranch
operations working cooperatively) can apply for up to $10,000.
The USDA's Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education,
Western SARE, will release a call for farmer/rancher research grant
proposals the last week of October. The effort is aimed at agricultural
producers in the thirteen-state region and the Pacific Island
About *$120,000* is available in the region for one-year grants.
Any commercial producer or producer group is eligible to apply for a grant,
but only one award will be bestowed annually to an individual producer,
farm/ranch enterprise or producer organization.
According to soil scientist Phil Rasmussen, regional coordinator of
Western SARE, grant reviewers will be looking for proposals that clearly
define local sustainable agriculture problems or issues and propose
innovative solutions. On-farm tests of suggested technologies and
approaches are strongly encouraged.
Sustainable agriculture is defined as an integrated farm or ranch
system that is environmentally sound, economically viable, makes most
efficient use of non-renewable and on-farm resources, and has a positive
influence on rural communities and society as a whole.
All research proposals must be led by one or more producers,
include a professional agricultural technical advisor (an extension agent
or university researcher, for example), and provide a plan for sharing
gained information with others in the community.
Grant proposals are first reviewed and evaluated by a diverse group
of producers, researchers, educators and administrators who are familiar
with sustainable agriculture. Final selections are made by an appointed
panel, at least half of which are producers. All funding is awarded
To request application materials, contact the host office at Utah
State University by writing: Western SARE Program, Utah State University,
Agricultural Sciences Building, Room 322, 4865 University Blvd., Logan,
Utah, 84322-4865. Or contact Florence Hinck by phone at (435) 797-2257 or
e-mail at email@example.com.
The call for proposals will also be available on-line via the
Western SARE Web site at http://ext.usu.edu/wsare/ by the last week of
Completed proposals will be due at the program's administrative
office at Utah State University by 5:00 p.m., January 15, 1998.
The federal SARE program is managed by the U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service,
and directed regionally by four independent, broad-based councils.
Utah State University is host to the SARE program in the Western
region, which includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii,
Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and
the Island Protectorates.
For general program information (but not grant applications),
contact Kristen Kelleher, regional communications specialist at (916)
752-5987 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Public Information Rep/ Communications Specialist
USDA Western Region SARE
University of California
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