NCR-SARE Our Farms Our Future Scholarship Application

SARE/NCAT-ATTRA Our Farms Our Future Conference
April 3-5, 2018, Saint Louis, Missouri

The North Central SARE Administrative Council wants to have diverse voices and perspectives represented at the Our Farms Our Future Conference, as we gather to envision the future of sustainable agriculture. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Scholarships will be awarded to encourage attendance by young farmers and ranchers, future researchers (graduate students), and long-time sustainable agricultural practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Scholarships will cover registration, travel, and lodging during the conference.

We are especially interested in awarding scholarships to applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend, and to applicants who represent the diverse demography (race, ethnicity, age, sex, veteran status, geography) of our North Central region.

Scholarship applications will open December 4, 2017 and be evaluated weekly, on a rolling basis starting December 11, 2017 until all scholarships are awarded. Go to this link to apply or cut and paste the address into your browser window:

You must reside or farm in one of the twelve states of the North Central region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI) to be eligible for this scholarship.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Jean Andreasen,, phone: 612.626.3113, for a print form, which can then be mailed or emailed back to the NCR-SARE office.

For questions and information, contact the Ohio Sustainable Ag Team co-leaders Mike ( or Suzanne (


NCR-SARE Announces 2018 Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals

The 2018 NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher Grant Call for Proposals is now open.

Farmers and ranchers in the North Central region are invited to submit grant proposals to explore sustainable agriculture solutions to problems on the farm or ranch.  Proposals should show how farmers and ranchers plan to use their own innovative ideas to explore sustainable agriculture options and how they will share project results. Sustainable agriculture is good for the environment, profitable, and socially responsible. Projects should emphasize research or education/demonstration.

There are three types of competitive grants: individual grants ($7,500 maximum), team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($15,000 maximum), and group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($22,500 maximum). NCR-SARE expects to fund about 40 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $459,000 is available for this program.

NCR-SARE is accepting online submissions for the Farmer Rancher Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals. Interested applicants can find the call for proposals online as well as useful information for completing a proposal at You can find more information about sustainable agriculture at

Proposals are due on December 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. CST.

Potential applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, Associate Regional Coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program Coordinator, at or 573-681-5545 or 800-529-1342. Applicants should also contact Joan Benjamin if they need a hard copy or an email version of the call for proposals. We make revisions to our calls for proposals each year, which means it is crucial to use the most recent call for proposals.

Each state in SARE’s North Central region has one or more State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinators who can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. Interested applicants can find their State Sustainable Agriculture Coordinator online.