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Grants to USA Agricultural Producers in Multiple
States to Advance Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Farmer/Rancher Research and Education Grants

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Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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11/01/21 12:00 PM (Noon) MT


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Grants to USA agriculture producers and technical advisors in multiple states and territories to benefit the agriculture industry. Funding is intended to support projects that promote sustainable agriculture and that incorporate both research and education. Eligible states and territories include Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.

With a Farmer Rancher Grant, a producer and an agricultural professional work together to develop a proposal to conduct both research and outreach on a sustainable agriculture topic. Outreach activities may include on-farm/ranch demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer educational activities, and other approaches to assist producer adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. The goal of this program is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals; sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resource base on which agriculture depends; improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers and associated agricultural businesses; and enhance the quality of life for farmers/ranchers in local communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158702

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000 may be requested if one (1) producer is involved. Proposals with three (3) or more producers may request up to $29,900.

Term of Contract:

Projects can be funded for up to three years.

Start dates must be no earlier than April 1, 2022 and no later than October 1, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The project team must be a minimum of two (2) people and must include: A Producer (Principal Investigator) and an Agricultural Professional. The Agricultural Professional must be independent of the Producer and should not submit the application on behalf of the Producer.

Producers: If more than one producer is involved, each producer must be an independent and separate operator. Nonprofit farm operations may participate in the project, but do not count as one of the required producers. A person qualifies as a producer (farmer/rancher) if they have a for-profit operation and:
- Their primary occupation is farming or ranching and have a farm/ranch taxpayer identification number (TIN); or
- They are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from farming or ranching activities.

Agricultural Professional: An agricultural professional is any professional assisting producers at the local level such as a Cooperative Extension educators/agents or specialists, University faculty or researchers, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit organization staff members, etc.

Note: All proposals from Micronesia (Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Marshall Islands and Palau) are required to have the College of Micronesia (at Pohnpei) act as their fiscal agent in the disbursement of funds.

Farmer/Rancher grant funds may not be used for the following purposes:
- Capital Equipment purchases above $5,000.
- Starting or expanding a farm or farm operation.
- Major renovations/permanent improvements to a farm or ranch, such as constructing or remodeling a building.
- Repairs/maintenance of equipment and buildings/facilities.
- Providing meals during events that are not necessary to maintain the continuity of a scheduled meeting/activity; breakfasts and dinners typically do not qualify.
- Testing of commercial products.
- Indirect Costs.

Pre-Application Information:

Program Schedule:
- November 1, 2021 – Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m. (noon) MT.
- January 2022 – A Technical Review Panel reviews and recommends proposals for funding.
- March 2022 – Western SARE Administrative Council makes final selections.
- April 2022 – Applicants will be notified of the status of their submission.

Multiple submissions are accepted. Only one application (from any one individual applicant) can be awarded funding in any of the Western SARE competitive programs in one grant budget cycle.

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Montana State University
207 Linfield Hall
Bozeman, MT 59717-2840
Phone: 406-994-4789.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Montana;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   Oregon;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

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