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Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

Type: Competitive grants

Max award: Varies by type of grant - see below for more information

Big idea: The mission of the SARE program is to advance sustainable innovations in American agriculture. SARE is uniquely grassroots, administered by four regional offices guided by administrative councils of local experts. The following types of grants are offered through SARE:

  • Research and Education Grants: Ranging from $10,000 to $200,000 or more, these grants fund projects that usually involve scientists, producers, and others in an interdisciplinary approach.
  • Professional Development Grants: Ranging from $20,000 to $120,000, these grants spread the knowledge about sustainable concepts and practices by educating Cooperative Extension Service staff and other agricultural professionals.
  • Producer Grants: Producer grants typically run between $1,000 and $15,000 to conduct research, marketing and demonstration projects and share the results with other farmers and ranchers.
  • Other grant types in some regions.

Who can apply: Non-profit organizations, researchers and individual producers

Real examples:

  • Iowa dairy farmers tested marketing strategies then turned their creamery store into a local foods marketplace, featuring farm products from 76 other families.
  • In Mississippi, more than 400 educators and processors received training in sugar cane and sorghum syrup production, processing and value-added marketing.
  • In the Northeast, a farmer-educator program featuring a renowned expert in community supported agriculture helped producers assess potential CSA ventures.
  • A collaborative of tribal communities and farmers, ranchers and service providers in the Four Corner states taught nearly 500 producers and buyers about such topics as cold-frame building and season extension.

Get more information: Sharing project results is a cornerstone of the SARE program, with field days, workshops and conferences in every region and an ever-growing library of books, bulletins, online resources and profiles of SARE grantees. For more program information click hereThis is an external link or third-party site outside of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) website..