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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For applications, CONTACT:
North Central Region SARE
For more information, CONTACT:
Lisa Bauer, Communications Specialist
SARE TO CALL FOR INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE AG GRANT PROPOSALS
IN NORTH CENTRAL REGION
Lincoln, NE – Marking its 12th round of grants awarded since 1998, the
USDA's North Central Region (NCR) SARE program is calling for innovative
researchers, educators, institutions and organizations to apply for
competitive grants in sustainable agriculture.
Approximately $1.3 million will be available in 1999 to fund creative, 1-2
year projects addressing long-term enhancement of food and fiber systems in
the 12-state region.
"As we celebrate SARE's 10th anniversary in 1998 and look back on a decade
of projects, we see a lot of worthwhile research and education in
ecologically sound, profitable agricultural systems that have promoted
healthy communities," said Dave Swaim, crop consultant and NCR SARE
Administrative Council chair from Indiana. "We're eager to build on that
body of knowledge with a new year of grants."
Research and Education Priority Areas for 1999 will be outlined in the Call
for Preproposals, but will contain topics such as diversifying farming
systems, sustainable livestock systems, networking, marketing sustainable
products, and environmentally sound management practices.
The NCR SARE program encourages preproposals that include holistic
approaches, involvement of interdisciplinary teams, meaningful participation
of farmers and ranchers, significant outreach, and an eye for measurable
Applications are available July 15, 1998, by contacting the NCR SARE office
at 402-472-7081, 402-472-0280 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org or
www.sare.org/ncrsare. Preproposals are due on September 11, 1998. The
Administrative Council will invite project coordinators to develop
preproposals into full proposals in December 1998; selected full proposals
will be recommended for funding in April 1999, and funds will be available
September 1999 to begin project work.
Applicants must reside in the North Central Region: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa,
Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South
Dakota, and Wisconsin.
The Research and Education Grant Program was first funded by Congress in
1988; more than 175 research and education grants have been awarded in the
NCR since then, worth more than $12 million.
The national SARE program began with the 1985 Farm Bill. Congress
appropriated initial funds in 1988 for grants in sustainable agriculture
research, education and demonstration. Funding goes to producers,
scientists, educators and public and private institutions and organizations
in three grant programs. The North Central Region, managed by a diverse
Administrative Council and directed by two regional coordinators, is one of
four regions in the SARE Program.
North Central Region SARE
13A Activities Bldg.
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0840
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