The 2023 North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now open.

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. Projects should emphasize research or education and demonstration. Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results.

The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m., Dec. 1.

Farmer Rancher grants are for ideas initiated by farmers and ranchers and are offered as individual grants ($15,000 maximum) or team grants for two or more farmers or ranchers who are working together ($30,000 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $720,000 is available for this program.

NCR-SARE is accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals.

NCR-SARE officials will hold a Zoom meeting about applying for the research grants at 4 p.m. on Sept. 21. Officials say they intend to record the meeting and make it available online.

More information — including hard copied or email versions of the call for proposals — is available from grant program coordinator and Associate Regional Coordinator Joan Benjamin by phone at (573)681-5545 or email at

State coordinators for the SARE organization may also provide information or assistance. A directory of state coordinators is available online.

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