The Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) is seeking proposals for its On-Farm Research Grant that provide opportunities for agricultural professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers to conduct on-farm research projects in sustainable agriculture.
On-Farm Research Grants emphasize relationship building between the researcher and the farmer and help support farmers in their efforts to conduct new and innovative sustainable agriculture production and marketing practices.
- Beneficial Insect Habitat: Developing cover crops or other plant mixes and locations to provide habitat (refuges) that keep populations of native beneficial insects living on the farm ready to attack crop pests as they occur.
- Alternative Crops/Animals: Developing alternative crops, animals or products that help a producer’s operation become more economically sustainable. These projects must be at least as environmentally sustainable as the existing crops, animals or products they supplement or replace.
- Organic Agriculture: Projects that address the production, distribution, marketing and consumption of organic farm products. This includes farmers adding value to organic products.
- Sustainable Marketing Projects: Developing markets for existing or alternative crops, animals or products.
- Sustainable Grazing Systems: Use of native grass species and/or plant or animal management systems to make grazing systems more sustainable.
- Soil Organic Matter Building/Protection/Management: Projects that increase the sustainability of farming systems by developing soil organic matter and soil biota.
- Increasing Sustainability of Existing Farming Practices: Any practice or system that increases the sustainability of an existing farming practice. The results should be able to be used by other farmers.
- Appropriate Technology: Projects that develop a device or piece of machinery that promotes sustainable agriculture and can’t be purchased off the shelf. The device or machinery must have application for farmers/ranchers, be able to be built by them and enable them to operate more sustainably.
- Agroforestry: Projects that demonstrate and quantify the feasibility of establishing agroforestry in the region.
- Amount Funded: $20,000 for a two-year project.
- Farmers and ranchers are not eligible to apply for On-Farm Research Grants. The grants are open to ag professionals who regularly work with farmers and ranchers on farm production and marketing problems. These can include: Cooperative Extension agents, university specialists, governmental organizations such as NRCS, and non-governmental organizations.
- On-Farm Research Grants must be developed, coordinated and led by ag professionals who regularly work with farmers and ranchers and who will conduct the on-farm research with at least one farmer or rancher cooperator.
- Applicants must complete a proposal describing their project and explaining how it will help farmers or ranchers understand and adopt sustainable agriculture practices.
- Southern SARE accepts proposals from applicants in the Southern region: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
For more information, visit https://southern.sare.org/news/southern-sare-on-farm-research-grant-call-for-proposals-released/