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NCR-SARE Announces 2021 Farmer Rancher Sustainable Agriculture Grant Call for Proposals

The 2021 North Central Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program 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 Farmer Rancher grants:

  • Individual grants ($9,000 maximum).
  • Team of two grants for two farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($18,000 maximum).
  • Group grants for three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations who are working together ($27,000 maximum).

NCR-SARE expects to fund about 50 projects in the 12-state North Central Region with this call. A total of approximately $720,000 is available for this program.

NCR-SARE will be 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

Proposals are due on Dec. 3 at 4 p.m. CST.

Applicants with questions can contact Joan Benjamin, associate regional coordinator and Farmer Rancher Grant Program coordinator, at or 573-681-5545. Applicants should also contact 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 — including South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska — 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 at