Donor Name: Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education
State: Selected States
County: All Counties
Territory: American Samoa, Guam, Federated States of Micronesia and Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $75,000
Grant Duration: 3 years
Western SARE funds proposals of innovative research and educational outreach for advancing sustainable agricultural practices in the Western U.S. An Agricultural Technical Advisor and three (3) Producers work together to conduct both research and outreach. The goal of this grant program is to obtain results that are applicable to agricultural production, sustain and improve the environmental quality and natural resources upon which agriculture depends, improve the profitability of farmers/ranchers and associated agricultural businesses, and enhance the quality of life of agricultural communities.
Western SARE requires that agricultural producers be involved from inception to finish in the planning, design, implementation, and educational outreach of any WSARE funded project keeping in mind the inherently interdisciplinary nature of sustainable agriculture. Professional + Producer projects require a team of at least four (4) people, including a Technical Advisor (Principal Investigator), and at least three (3) independent Producers.
- Agricultural Technical Advisor: any agricultural 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. The Technical Advisor serves as Principal Investigator and is responsible for carrying out the project’s contractual provisions, expenditures, and for achieving the stated research and education objectives.
- Producer: 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 or equivalent from farming or ranching activities.
Western SARE Professional + Producer Program provides a maximum of $75,000 (including Indirect Cost) for up to three years. Funds are awarded to the PI’s organization or institution.
Projects cannot exceed three years (36 months). Please choose a start date that corresponds with the first of the month. Start dates must be no earlier than April 1, 2024, and no later than October 1, 2024.
The Western region includes: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Micronesia, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.
For more information, visit Western SARE.