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Partnership Grant Program

Grants to USA Agricultural Professionals Partnering with Farmers in
North Central States for Sustainable Farming Research and Education

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North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE)

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10/24/19 4:00 PM CDT


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Grants of up to $40,000 to USA agricultural professionals partnering with groups of farmers in eligible North Central states for sustainable farming educational, research, and demonstration projects. Eligible states include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The Partnership Grant program funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. 

Examples of appropriate projects include on-farm testing of cropping system strategies or grazing systems, cooperative efforts to develop new marketing approaches, investigations into new approaches to processing and/or adding value to sustainably produced farm products, and projects that lead to resilient agricultural systems.

Typically three or more farmers or ranchers are expected to be substantially involved in the project. Each farm or ranch must be an independent and separate operation.

For al list of eligible expenses, see the Budget Guidelines on page 6 of the Call for Proposals document in Supporting Documents below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 163678

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Up to $40,000 total funding request per application is allowed.

Term of Contract:

Projects are funded for up to 24 months. Your project cannot start before April 1, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any agriculture/natural resource professional in the North Central region may apply.

These professionals are:

- University educators including extension agents and specialists
- NRCS field staff
- Agricultural consultants (individuals who actively consult with farmers and ranchers as certified crop advisors, soils consultants, ranching consultants, etc.)
- Nonprofit or agency staff assisting farmer and ranchers at the local level

For purposes of this grant program, a farmer or rancher is someone who raises crops or livestock, especially as a business. Each farmer/rancher identified must be an independent and separate operation.

For al list of ineligible expenses, see the Budget Guidelines on pages 6-7 of the Call for Proposals document in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. CDT, Oct. 24, 2019. The system will open for applications August 05, 2019.

Partnership Timeline:
Early August: Call for Proposals Released
Late October: Proposals Due
February: Funding Decisions
March: Funds Available to Recipients

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply from August 5:

Beth Nelson, Ph.D., Regional Coordinator (Chapter 1) and Director of Research and Education Programs

120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Rob Myers, Ph.D., Regional Coordinator (Chapter 3) and Director of
Professional Development (Extension) Programs

University of Missouri
238 Ag Engineering Bldg.
Columbia, MO 65211

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Missouri;   Nebraska;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   South Dakota;   Wisconsin