NORTH CENTRAL SARE CALLS FOR INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURAL GRANT PROPOSALS
For application materials:
North Central Region SARE
For more information:
Lisa Bauer, Communications Specialist
Lincoln, NE -- The USDA's North Central Region (NCR) Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education (SARE) program is calling for collaborative teams of
researchers, educators, farmers and others to apply for competitive grants to
study or educate others about environmentally benign agricultural systems that
are profitable and supportive of local communities.
Approximately $1.3 million will be available in 2001 to fund creative projects
addressing long-term enhancement of food and fiber systems in the 12-state
"As farmers feel the crunch of low prices and limited markets, sustainable
agricultural systems offer answers," said Ben Bartlett, NCR SARE Administrative
Council chair from Michigan State University.
Details of this annual Research and Education initiative will be outlined in a
July 14 Call for Preproposals, emphasizing potential impact and outcomes of 2001
The NCR SARE program also encourages preproposals that include holistic
approaches, involvement of interdisciplinary teams, meaningful participation of
farmers and ranchers, significant outreach, and an eye for measurable results.
Application materials are available July 14, 2000, by contacting the NCR SARE
office at 402-472-7081, 402-472-0280 (fax), or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Call for
Preproposals can be found at www.sare.org/ncrsare on July 14. Preproposals are
due on September 8, 2000. The Administrative Council will invite project
coordinators to develop preproposals into full proposals in December 2000;
selected full proposals will be recommended for funding in May 2001, and funds
will be available in the fall of 2001 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 250 research and education grants have been awarded in the North
Central region since then, worth more than $14 million. See www.sare.org to
search the national SARE database of funded projects from across the country.
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, is one of four
regions in the SARE Program.
North Central Region SARE
University of Nebraska
13A Activities Bldg.
P.O. Box 830840
Lincoln, NE 68583-0840
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