NCR-SARE seeking nominations for administrative council members

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Farm Forum

The North Central Region – Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) is seeking nominees* for the following seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:

• At-large representative of an agriculture college or university**

• Farmer/Rancher***

• Representative of a state department of agriculture

• Representative of agribusiness

*Council members must be from one of the 12 states that comprise the North Central SARE region. Those states are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

**The at-large representative of an agriculture college or university can be a researcher or educator.

***Farmer/rancher representatives must be actively engaged in farming or ranching in the North Central region.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council represents various agricultural sectors, states and organizations. It sets program priorities and makes granting decisions for the region. A collection of farm and non-farm residents, the Administrative Council includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in our 12 states. Council members come from regional farms and ranches, university extension and research programs, and nonprofits. In addition, the Administrative Council includes regional representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, state agencies, and agribusinesses.

The term for each of these SARE Administrative Council slots is three years. Council members attend two meetings a year, typically 2-3 day meetings in July and Feb./March at various Midwest locations, and also participate in a few conference calls each year. Travel expenses are fully covered for travel to Administrative Council meetings. Nominees should have a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture and be comfortable with reviewing grant proposals and participating in a group decision-making process. More information about NCR-SARE and the Administrative Council is online at http://bit.ly/1FX9VxJ.

To nominate yourself for a seat on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council, submit the following information using our online form by February 13, 2015 (http://bit.ly/1u4MJbL):

• The nominee’s areas of interest or focus in sustainable agriculture.

• Why the nominee is interested in serving on NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council.

• The nominee’s experience, affiliations and/or qualifications.

To nominate someone else for a seat on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council, please email the name and contact information for the nominee to Jean Andreasen at jandreas@umn.edu and she will contact them to solicit an application.

Nominations should be submitted online. We will acknowledge receipt of the materials and send a reply regarding the outcome of the election.

NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.