Farmer/Rancher

Closed - opens February 15, 2023

Timeline

Proposals Due: Nov. 2

Review Panel Meets: Dec/Jan

Award Decisions: Feb/March

Project Funds Available: April

Next CFP: Feb. 15, 2023

Mini Grants for Conferences

Funding available for Farmer/Rancher's to attend conferences! Mini grants will now be available for current and recent Farmer/Rancher Principal Investigators (PIs) interested in attending conferences to present on the outcomes of their Western SARE-funded project and promote the Farmer/Rancher grant program. These Mini Grants will cover travel, lodging, registration, and presenter fees for eligible PIs to present on the outcomes of their Western SARE-funded project and promote the Farmer/Rancher grant program. Read the RFA, learn more, and apply! Contact the Farmer/Rancher Program Manager at Cayley.eller@montana.edu with questions.

Application

The Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant Program focuses on advancing on-farm sustainability solutions by funding innovative producer-driven research and outreach. This grant program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture.

How the Program Works

Projects with 1-2 producers may apply for up to $25,000 and projects with 3 or more producers working together may apply for up to $29,900.

With a Farmer/Rancher Grant, a producer and a technical advisor work together to develop a project (1-3 years in scope) that conducts both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers must integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments to address social, environmental, and economic aspects of agricultural sustainability. The goal of this program is to achieve results that can be communicated to other producers and professionals; sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of producers and associated agricultural businesses; and enhance the quality of life for producers in local communities. Outreach activities may include on-farm/ranch demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer educational activities, and other approaches to assist producer adoption of sustainable agricultural practices.

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Archived CFPS are to be used as EXAMPLES ONLY. Please be aware that upcoming Calls may differ. However by reviewing these documents you will get an idea of what Western SARE is looking for in a good proposal and begin your planning efforts.

View this map for details about Western SARE's
Farmer/Rancher projects funded in 2022.