Western SARE: Farmer/Rancher Grants

Western SARE

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 28, 2019 11:00am PST

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Micronesia, Federated States Of; Alaska; American Samoa; Arizona; California Expand all

Location of residency: Micronesia, Federated States Of; Alaska; American Samoa; Arizona; California Expand all

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The Administrative Council of the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program announces the Call for Proposals for Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grants for 2017. With a Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant, a producer, working with a technical advisor, develops a proposal to conduct both research and education on their farm/ranch on a sustainable agricultural topic and incorporate such items as: on-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational outreach and other approaches to assist in producer adoption in an area of sustainable agriculture.

The goal is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals and can improve income, the environment, communities and quality of life for all citizens. Farmer/Rancher Involvement: Congress mandates that the SARE grant program depart from “business as usual.” To that end, the Administrative Council requires that agricultural producers (farmers/ranchers) be involved from start to finish in the planning, design, implementation and educational outreach of any SARE-funded Research and Education project. 

Research and Education projects primary focus should be to:

  • Conduct on the ground research and education within the scope of the project.
    • Not research or education; both must be conspicuous components of the proposal.
  • Design on-farm/ranch experiments that will lead to a more sustainable agriculture
  • Be creative and distinctive in addressing the changes that could come from the adoption of the results of this project by other producers.
  • Detail creative educational outreach plans that deliver this new knowledge to other producers and professionals in the western region.

Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grants are funded for up to three years. The producer is the grant applicant and the location is their own farm/ranch. A technical advisor assists in the development, onfarm field trial and outreach of the project. Up to $20,000 per proposal is allowed for a single producer and up to $25,000 is allowed for three or more producers. Each producer must be an independent and separate operation

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • You are a producer (farmer/rancher) if:
    • Your primary occupation is farming or ranching;
    • You have a farm/ranch tax number; or,
    • You are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from the operation.
  • All proposals must have at least one producer (farmer/rancher), who is the applicant.
  • All proposals must have a qualified technical advisor who should assist with planning, evaluation, education dissemination and reporting.
    • Technical advisors may be cooperative extension educators/agents and specialists, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit staff members or other agricultural professionals assisting producers at the local level.
    • The technical advisor cannot be one of the producers.
  • For all applicants from Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Marshall Islands, and Palau, please see this Special Farmer/Rancher Note: Pacific Islands for full details. 
  • Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant funds may be used for the following purposes:
    • Mini-grants to producers to compensate for field research and education activities.
    • Cost of field sampling, crop analysis and educational surveys.
    • Materials and supplies needed for the project.
    • Small tools and equipment. Any one piece of equipment costing less than $5,000.
    • Outreach expenses such as holding a field day, tours, making a brochure, creating a webpage, etc.
    • Out-of-town travel needed for the project.
    • Local travel (where personal auto is used and reimbursed) needed for project.
    • Hired labor for things that you cannot do yourself. 
    • Producer labor for project activities above and beyond their normal farming activities.
    • Refreshments at field days, e.g. coffee, cold drinks, fruit, pie, cookies, etc.
      • Meals are allowable if they maintain the continuity of the meeting and to do otherwise will impose arduous conditions on the meeting participants.
    • Services of agricultural professionals can be compensated.


  • Token representation of agricultural producers (farmers/ranchers) is unacceptable. 
  • Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant funds may NOT be used for the following purposes:
    • Starting or expanding a farm or farm operation.
    • Any single piece of equipment costing more than $5,000.
      • This limit cannot be used toward the purchase of a piece of equipment or the modification of equipment costing more than $5,000 or to purchase or produce durable parts for tractors, equipment, irrigation systems, etc.
    • Permanent improvement to a farm or ranch, such as constructing or remodeling a building.
    • Any meal that does not maintain the continuity of a scheduled meeting.
    • Testing of commercial products.