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What is SARE?

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Women at a workshop

Since 1988, the SARE grants and education program has advanced agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities. SARE is...

Grants for Innovative Research and Education

SARE offers grants to farmers, ranchers and ag professionals for on-farm research, education, and professional and community development. SARE-supported projects address soil health, pest management, energy, livestock production, stewardship, marketing, systems research and more.

Local Leadership, National Impact

Four regional councils—including farmers, educators, scientists, government, NGOs and other stakeholders—set priorities and make grants.

Engagement and Training

SARE shares research results by funding trainings, requiring project outreach, and maintaining the Learning Center, a library of practical, how-to books, bulletins and other information products.

Farmer Leadership

Hundreds of producers from all corners of the nation share their on-farm research results and advise SARE.

Stories from the Field

The following stories from 2015/2016 Report from the Field offer a picture of how SARE grantees are advancing sustainable practices in a range of production systems across the country:

A Program of Partnerships (letter from the director)

Northeast SARE

To Improve the Soil, First Know the Soil (New York, includes video)

Western SARE

USDA Improves Technical Outreach to Organic Farmers (Northwest)

North Central SARE

Establishing a Queen Bee Industry in Illinois (Illinois, includes video)

Southern SARE

Alabama Extension and Farmers Partner to Battle Pests (Alabama, includes video)