NCR-SARE Announces 2023 Call for Partnership Proposals

The 2023 North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) Partnership Grant Program Call for Proposals is now available online at https://northcentral.sare.org/Grants/Apply-for-a-Grant/Partnership-Grant/ . NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture.  Individual grants are limited to $50,000. NCR-SARE expects to fund about 20 projects in the twelve-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $1,000,000 is available for this program.

Deadline

NCR-SARE will be accepting online submissions for the Partnership Grant Program. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals.  The deadline for Partnership Program proposals is October 20, 2022 at 4pm CDT.

Partnership Zoom Session

A Partnership Grant application Zoom will take place on September 12, 2022, at 2pm central time. NCR-SARE intends to record the zoom session and post it online here. Register for the zoom online at:  https://umn.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vcOygrzkjHdeNQm6DwOUQF3o_p8xkPFMI .

Funding Decisions

NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs with specific goals, audiences, and timelines. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, its relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, farmer-rancher engagement in the project, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE's goals. A regional Administrative Council (AC) makes funding decisions, with review from a grant review committee. The Administrative Council is a collection of producers, university representatives, nonprofit group interests, Extension and NRCS people, other government employees, and agribusiness representatives. This group sets research priorities and recommends projects for funding.

As the Nebraska State Coordinator, I can provide information and assistance to potential grant applicants. You can contact me at glesoing2@unl.edu , (402) 274-4755 or (402) 274-9639. This is a relatively newer grant program, but Nebraska has been successful in receiving some of these grants in recent years. Farmers can work with an Extension Educator, Crop Consultant, NRD staff or other professionals on these grants. For questions or additional information regarding the Partnership Grant Program, contact Beth Nelson or Rob Myers at bethnelson@umn.edu  or myersrob@missouri.edu

With support from an NCR-SARE Partnership grant, Marie Raboin with Dane County Land Conservation was able to support and create intentional spaces for a group of farmers who were willing to take a chance on establishing and utilizing cover crops on their farms to improve soil health.

“This grant facilitated real change on a landscape scale by giving farmers the space to learn from one another and valuing the time of the experienced farmers,” said Raboin. “The change that has occurred can be seen driving 55 mph down a county road. The difference can also be seen as the confidence grows in a young group of farmers who want to improve water and soil quality on their farms. They are becoming leaders in their community.”

Learn more about this project: https://northcentral.sare.org/news/grazing-cover-crops-and-advancing-farmer-networks-in-wisconsin/

Gary Lesoing
Nebraska State SARE Coordinator
Nemaha County
September 2022