Western SARE: Farmer/Rancher Grants

Western SARE

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Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Deadline: Nov 11, 2019 10:00am PST

Applicant type: Working Professional For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

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

Location of residency: Micronesia, Federated States Of; Alaska; American Samoa; Arizona; California Show 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 2020. With a Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant, a producer, working with a technical advisor, develops a proposal to conduct research and education (outreach) on a sustainable agriculture topic. Outreach may include onfarm/ranch demonstrations, farmer-to-farmer educational activities, and other approaches to assist in the education and producer adoption of sustainable agricultural practices. The goal of this program is to find ways to protect the environment, enhance farm income, and improve the quality of life for farming/ranching families, communities, and society as a whole.

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.

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher projects must:

  • Design innovative on-farm/ranch experiments that will lead to a more sustainable agriculture.
  • Conduct on-the-ground research and education (outreach) within the scope of the project. Both research and education components must be distinct elements of the proposal.
  • Identify how the results of this project could advance sustainable agriculture.
  • Detail creative educational outreach plans that deliver this new knowledge to other producers and agricultural professionals in the Western region.

Farmer/Rancher projects can be funded for up to three years. All proposals must have at least one producer (farmer/rancher), who is the applicant, and a technical advisor. A technical advisor should assist in the development of the on-farm field trial and the outreach components of the project. For proposals with one producer, a maximum budget of $20,000 may be requested. Proposals with three or more producers may request a budget up to $25,000.

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


  • Only producers (farmers or/and ranchers) with a for-profit operation and who have no conflict of interest (see Conflict of Interest) are eligible to apply for a Farmer/Rancher Grant.
  • The producer must be the applicant. If the proposal involves three or more producers, one producer must be designated as the applicant who will be responsible for both fiscal and project management of the grant.  If funded, the applicant will be required to provide a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in order to receive payments from Montana State University (MSU). Each producer involved in the project must be associated to an independent and separate operation.
  • To be considered a producer:
    • Your primary occupation is farming or ranching, and you have a farm/ranch TIN; or
    • You are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from farming or ranching activities.
  • Technical Advisor: All proposals must have a qualified technical advisor who should assist with the planning, on-farm field trial, evaluation, outreach, and reporting.
    • Technical advisors may be Cooperative Extension educators/agents or specialists, University faculty or researchers, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit organization staff members, or other agricultural professionals assisting producers at the local level.
    • The technical advisor’s resume (two-page maximum) must be included in the Supporting Documents section. The technical advisor cannot be one of the producers and should not submit the application on behalf of the producer applying for the grant


  • Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant program.