NCR-SARE announces 2013 Farmer Rancher and Youth Educator Grant recipients
North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) has announced the projects that have been recommended for funding for the 2013 Farmer Rancher and the 2103 Youth Educator competitive grant programs. More than 50 projects were awarded a total of more than $.5 million through these two NCR-SARE grant programs, which offer competitive grants for producers, educators, organizations, and others who are exploring sustainable agriculture in America’s Midwest.
For the 2013 Farmer Rancher Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded more than $495,000 to 45 projects ranging from $2,219 to $22,500. The Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a competitive grants program for farmers and ranchers who want to explore sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects.
Area 2013 Farmer Rancher Grant recipients include:
· Rob Faux of Tripoli, IA was awarded $7,500.00 for the project, Pest Control in Cucurbits Using Paper Mulch and Intercropping.
· Jason Foley of Des Moines, IA was awarded $22,419.00 for the project, Demonstrating Russian Queen Bees Resistance to Mites to Benefit Midwest Beekeepers.
· Kristine Jepsen of Dorchester, IA was awarded $22,260.00 for the project, Grass-Fed Beef Nutritional Analysis for Consumer Education and Labeling.
· Jan Libbey of Kanawha, IA was awarded $22,487.00 for the project, Exploring Collaboration Strategies in North Central Iowa.
· Cherry Flowers of Saint Paul, MN was awarded $7,499.00 for the project, Water Capture From High Tunnel Diversion into Irrigation System Using Renewable Energy.
· Winona LaDuke of Callaway, MN was awarded $7,500.00 for the project, White Earth Land Recovery Project Fish Fertilizer Project.
· Christopher Patton of Minneapolis, MN was awarded $14,980.00 for the project, Developing Commercial Elderberry Production in Minnesota.
· Donnie Feiring of Beach, ND was awarded $6,904.86 for the project, Utilizing Cover Crops to Increase Productivity, Health, and Vigor On Tame Grass Pasture.
· Jason Kesselring of Fargo, ND was awarded $7,500.00 for the project, Kesselring-Kindred ND Native Wild Grape Vineyard: Establishing Wild Grapes in A Vineyard Setting.
· Anne Ongstad of Robinson, ND was awarded $18,881.00 for the project, New Buckwheat Varieties for Greater Sustainability.
· Rick Schmidt of Center, ND was awarded $18,250.00 for the project, New Method to Eliminate Ovine Progressive Pneumonia in Sheep Flocks in North Dakota.
· Gregory Fripp of Papillion, NE was awarded $2,915.04 for the project, The Viability Of Small Scale Aquaponics in Urban and Rural Underserved Communities.
· Wesley Trout of Waverly, NE was awarded $4,226.00 for the project, Creating A Triple-Value Oil-Seed Production System, From Grain to Food-Grade Oil to Bio-Diesel: A Feasibility Study.
For the 2013 Youth Educator Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $20,000 to 10 projects ranging from $1,957 to $2,000. The Youth Educator Grant Program supports educators who seek to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth.
Area 2013 Youth Educator Grant recipients include:
· Sue Isbell of Fort Yates, ND was awarded $2,000.00 for the project, Squash in Sustainable Food Production.
· Jennie Sutton of Lincoln, NE was awarded $1,957.50 for the project, Community CROPS Young Urban Farmers.