For applications, CONTACT:
North Central Region SARE
For more information, CONTACT:
Lisa Bauer, Communications Specialist
**** Usher in the New Millennium with a Sustainable Agriculture Grant from
North Central Region SARE ****
Lincoln, NE -- The USDA's North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE) program is calling for innovative researchers,
educators, institutions and organizations to apply for competitive grants that
will boost producers' profits, protect the environment and support healthy
communities in the new millennium and beyond.
Approximately $1.3 million will be available in 2000 to fund creative projects
addressing long-term enhancement of food and fiber systems in the 12-state
"We will enter the year 2000 with our strong vision for the survival of the
small- to mid-sized farm, for the protection of our natural resources, and for
the improvement of our rural and urban communities," said Alan Schlegel, NCR
SARE Administrative Council chair from Kansas State University. "This round of
research and education grants will continue to carry out that vision."
Research and Education Priority Areas for 2000 will be outlined in the Call for
Preproposals and will contain topics such as diversifying farming systems,
sustainable livestock systems, 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 results.
Applications are available July 16, 1999, by contacting the NCR SARE office at
402-472-7081, 402-472-0280 (fax), or email@example.com. The Call for Preproposals
can also be found at www.sare.org/ncrsare on July 16. Preproposals are due on
September 10, 1999. The Administrative Council will invite project coordinators
to develop preproposals into full proposals in December 1999; selected full
proposals will be recommended for funding in May 2000, and funds will be
available in the fall of 2000 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;
nearly 200 research and education grants have been awarded in the NCR since
then, worth more than $13 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
University of Nebraska
13A Activities Bldg.
Lincoln, NE 68583-0840
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