Southern SARE On-Farm Research Grant AND Producer Grant Call for Proposals Released

Please see below for two funding opportunities, one targeted at Agricultural Professionals and the other for Farmers and Ranchers.  Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST for both opportunities.  The following information is provided by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America’s Southern region. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.

On-Farm Research Grants:

Intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region

The Call for Proposals (attached) for the 2017 On-Farm Research Grants (http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/On-Farm-Research-Grants) intended for agricultural professionals throughout the Southern region, has been released by the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program.

Agriculture professionals in Cooperative Extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, universities, NGOs, and government and non-government organizations who regularly work with farmers/ranchers are invited to apply for a grant that affords them the opportunity to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture.  Applicants must work with at least one farmer/rancher on the project to conduct on-farm research in sustainable agriculture.

The On-Farm Research Grants are not intended for farmers/ranchers.  If you are a farmer/rancher and are interested in applying for a grant, refer to the Producer Grant Program. The Call for Proposals for Producer Grants is also currently open. On-Farm Research Grants may be funded up to two years for a project maximum of $15,000.

For detailed information about how to apply for an On-Farm Research Grant, see attached call for proposals. The Call for Proposals includes application information, use of funds, proposal submission instructions, and contact information. Be sure to carefully follow the information in the Call for Proposals when submitting your grant.  Failure to follow the submission guidelines will result in your proposal being rejected.

Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2017.

Producer Grants:

Intended for farmers/ranchers and farmer/rancher organizations throughout the Southern region

The Call for Proposals (attached) for the 2017 Producer Grants (http://www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Producer-Grants) is now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SSARE) program.

Producer Grants are used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face and to develop information on what works and what doesn’t so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project.

Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm; buy livestock, equipment, or land; make permanent farm improvements, or support private enterprises through capital investments.  Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution to an agricultural production issue. Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. Producer organizations should be comprised primarily of farmers/ranchers and must have a majority farmer representation on their governing board.

For detailed information on how to apply for a Producer Grant see attached call for proposals. The Producer Grant Call for Proposals includes application information, use of funds, proposal submission instructions, and contact information. Be sure to carefully follow the information in the Call for Proposals when submitting your proposal. Failure to follow the submission guidelines will result in your proposal being rejected.

Announcement of funded grants will take place in late February 2017.

Proposal submission deadline is Friday, Nov. 18, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST for both opportunities.

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