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    2006 National AgrAbility Project Training WorkshopNovember 13 - 16, 2006 Jackson, Mississippi

  • What Is SARE ?A Different Kind of Grant ProgramUSDA funded to expand and extend knowledge about sustainable agricultureRegionally administeredParticipatoryInclusiveSystems approach

  • Southern SARE13 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands$2.7 million awarded in 200563 projects funded in 20057 different grants programs

  • Southern Region SARE Structure Host InstitutionsFort Valley State University University of GeorgiaAdministrative CouncilTechnical Review Committee

  • Sustainable AgricultureProvides more profitable farm incomeProtects farm environment and natural resourcesPromotes stable, prosperous rural communities

  • Ones Program, 7 Grant OpportunitiesResearch and Education GrantsResearch and Education Planning Grants Graduate Student GrantsProfessional Development GrantsProducer GrantsOn-Farm Research GrantsSustainable Community Innovation Grants

  • Research and Education GrantsSystems orientedMulti-institutionalProjects average $175, 000One to three yearsMulti-stateInterdisciplinaryFarmer cooperators at every stageNext call released March 2007

  • Research and Education Planning GrantsPlanning Grants provide funds to gather informationPlan to meet, to organizePlanning Activity Grants Planning Research Grants $15,000 and last for one year. Next call released March 2007

  • Graduate Student GrantsIntended for full time Masters or Ph.D studentsUp to $10,000 toward supplies, equipment, salaries and travel related to the researchUp to three years of project activitiesNext call released March 2007

  • Professional Development GrantsTrains agricultural professionals in sustainable techniques and philosophyNext call released March 2007

  • SARE Producer GrantsAny Farmer or Farmer organization Includes farmers, researchers, extension agents, NGO, etc.Up to $10,000 for individual farmer, $15,000 for producer organizationFunded up to two years Next call released September 2007

  • On-Farm Research GrantsExtension, NRCS, NGOs who work with producersOn farm research and marketing projects that promote sustainable agricultureUp to $15,000 MaximumMust include at least one producer cooperatorNext call released September 2007

  • Sustainable Community Innovation GrantsLink community and farmsLink sustainable agriculture and rural developmentFarmer trainers pass along a lifetime of learningProject maximum of $10,000 and up to two years Due November 28, 2006Two Funding Categories

  • Know MoreSustainable Ag Network (SAN)Bulletins free ! Available in QuantityRegional publications

  • My Role and SAREOffice of Limited Resource Farms and Minority OutreachHelp me to attract more SARE proposals NGOs, limited resource, and minority producersRespond to requests for AC nominations and proposal reviewers.


    James H. Hill Southern Region SAREFort Valley State UniversityCooperative Extension ProgramPO Box 4061Fort Valley, GA 31039PH: 478 825 6263Fax: 478 825 6299email: jhill@southernsare.org


    *This slide is displayed as you get ready to make your presentation.

    Today, Id like to tell you about SARE--the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Programa different type of grants program.*SARE is a national grants program, but it is administered regionally to recognize the differences and diversity of American agriculture. USDA funds about $19 million per year through the four SARE regions. Since its inception in 1988, SARE has funded more than 2500 projects.

    SARE is participatory. This means that farmers are involved in all facets of SARE as advisors, evaluators and cooperators, designing and conducting on-farm researchSARE is inclusive: This means that SARE addresses the needs of limited-resource farmers and farmers of small holdings, who are often overlooked in traditional grants programs

    SARE encourages a systems research method. Systems research is problem-focused and takes into account the dynamic nature of agriculture: no part of a farm or agricultural enterprise exists in isolation.

    *Thirteen states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands make up the Southern Region.

    Southern SARE funded 63 projects for a total of $2.5 million in 2003*The SARE structure consists of regional Administrative Councils which determine policy and Technical Review Committees that evaluate proposals. The management entity for Southern Region SARE is co-located at the University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University.The Administrative Council has 24 members, including 1862 and 1890 land grant representatives, researchers, government agency representatives, extension agents, farmers, non-government agencies and ag business professionals. Basically they are peers of the people who submit proposals and the constituency that benefits from SARE research. The Technical Review Committee is a similarly diverse group of specialists. The Administrative Council and Technical Review Committee help insure that SARE projects are applicable to farming problems in the region.

    *SARE was authorized by Congress in the 1985 Farm Bill to promote research that expands knowledge about agricultural practices that are: economically viable, environmentally sound and socially acceptable. This translates into agricultural that is good for the farm family, their natural resources and their community.Sustainable Ag is defined by Title XVI, Subtitle A. Section 1603 of the 1985 Farm Bill. It is integrated systems of plant and animal production practices having site-specific applications, that satisfies human food and fiber needs, enhances environmental quality and the natural resource base, makes the most use of nonrenewable resources and on-farm resources, integrates natural biological cycles and controls, sustains economic viability of farm operations, and enhances the quality of life for farmers, ranchers and society as a whole.

    *SARE-funded projects have ranged from crop production to pest management to economics and marketing to community development. That range demonstrates the diversity of subjects that can be addressed to advance sustainable agriculture research and education.

    Southern SARE accommodates that diversity with 6 different grant opportunities.*Research and Education Grants This was the original type of grant funded when SARE started in 1988. Generally, these encompass whole-systems research, interdisciplinary approaches and mult-institutional, multi-state and farmer participants. **Initiated in 2001, the Graduate Student Grants are for researchers working on a masters or doctorate in sustainable agriculture. Up to $10,000 per project is awarded directly to the university to cover the project expenses *Professional Development Program was implemented in 1994 to train ag information providers in sustainable techniques and concepts. To accomplish this training the PDP program administers a competitive grants program, provides annual allotments of $20,000 per state for sustainable ag training events and produces regional workshops on sustainable ag topics. *The Producer Grants, started in 1994, take advantage of producers experience and knowledge. The projects are designed and conducted by producers and are funded for up to $10,000 for individuals or $15,000 for a group of producers doing the research as a team.

    *Two new grants were introduced in 2002. The On-Farm Research Grant allows up to $10,000 for extension agents, NRCS agents and other professionals who work with producers to conduct their own research using cooperators farms.

    *The Sustainable Community Innovation Grant is for individuals or organizations to conduct activities that link the farm to non-farm parts of a community for the benefit of both, particularly for economic development. With a project maximum of $10,000, these grants have been used to start farmers markets, survey consumers about producer buying habits, provide education about local foods, produce maps to area farms, launch a local food festival and start a community kitchen.*National and regional SARE displays and materials are available for workshops or conferences. Shipped directly to the conference center with shipping paid both ways by SARE. Beautiful full color bulletins on specific sustainable ag topics can be ordered in any amount from SAN. They are all listed on the web site www.sare.org or in the free catalog Resources from the Sustainable Agriculture Network.

    Southern Region Common Ground, published twice a year, keeps readers up to date on current projects and calls for proposals. The Southern SARE Annual Index of projects has phone number and email contacts for every current Southern Region project.

    Summaries of all SARE projects ever funded are available from the SARE national and regional web sites.

    *Southern SARE is looking for increased opportunities to invest funds through 1890 institutions. Call me to talk about ideas and new ways of doing that.


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