The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) has issued a call for proposals for farmers and ranchers to carry out Sustainable Agriculture research, demonstration, and education projects on their farms. A total of approximately $400,000 is available for this program, with proposals due December 3. Grant recipients have 24 months to complete their projects.

The North Central Region consists of 12 states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

The program defines sustainable Agriculture as farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible. Sustainable Agriculture practices may include but are not limited to:

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) 
  • Rotational Grazing (including Management-intensive Grazing & Mob Grazing)
  • Soil Erosion Control
  • Soil Quality Improvement
  • Water Quality Improvement/Wetlands
  • Cover Crops
  • Crop/Landscape Diversity
  • Nutrient Management
  • Agroforestry
  • Value-Added & Direct Marketing
  • Wildlife Preservation
  • Beneficial Insects
  • Holistic/Systems Approaches to Farming & Ranching
  • Organic Agriculture
  • Alternative Weed Control

Go to the program’s Web site for more information and proposal instructions.