Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has helped farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators develop cutting edge innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture's National Institute for Food and Agriculture, SARE has awarded nearly $300 million to more than 7,300 projects that improve profitability, stewardship and quality of life by investing in groundbreaking research and education. Learn more about funded grants, project highlights and a breakdown of funding in your state using our newly updated portfolio summaries and grant lists.
Highlights of SARE-funded projects include:
- Wisconsin dairy farmers of the Yahara River watershed analyzed whether composting manure made economic sense through an effective, environmentally friendly composting initiative.
- University of Maryland researcher Raymond Weil examined how planting cover crops earlier in the season affected nutrient requirements and yields of corn and soybeans and found that deep-rooted cover crops reduced the risk of nitrate leaching into groundwater.
- Most cows don’t climb or travel far from water - but some just take off for the hills. New Mexico State University Range Science Professor Derek Bailey and a team of scientists used SARE funding to look at genetics of the hill-climbing trait that may benefit ranchers.
- For 10 years, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) worked to evaluate how local food systems drive how food is produced.
Download the updated grants lists and portfolio summaries, and find links to state webpages at sare.org/Grants/Funded-Grants-in-Your-State. Search the SARE projects database to explore funded projects by topic, region, year or grant types.