Since 1988, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has been a go-to USDA grant and outreach program for farmers, ranchers, researchers and educators who want to develop innovations that improve farm profitability, protect water and land, and revitalize communities. SARE has awarded nearly $273 million to more than 6,800 projects. 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:
- A University of Maine Cooperative Extension training program equipped service providers with new skills to utilize during one-on-one consultations with 90 farmers who manage a combined 10,755 acres. Its aim? To improve farm retention and farmer lifestyle satisfaction.
- A team from the National Drought Mitigation Center developed and ran five webinars teaching the basics of drought planning and monitoring to prepare hundreds of Nebraska professionals and producers for the next drought.
- In California, the Agriculture and Land-based Training Association collaborated with experienced farmers and Extension specialists to hold workshops on organic N management and on-farm research principles. This allowed 500 growers and educators to improve their knowledge and integrate new practices.
- Georgia farmer Joe Dickey used two SARE grants to study native bees present in his apple orchards and the effect wildflowers have on their numbers. At the same time, Dickey has been collaborating with Georgia Gwinnett College researcher Mark Schlueter on a series of five SARE grants exploring which bee type works as the best apple pollinator.
Download the updated grants lists and portfolio summaries, and find links to state webpages at sare.org/Grants/Funded-Grants-in-Your-State.