The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program is pleased to announce the projects selected for the 2016 Partnership Grant Program.
For the 2016 Partnership Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $300,000 to 10 projects. NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant Program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Those selected to receive funding included (in order by state):
- Jason Grimm with Iowa Valley Resource Conservation and Development in Amana, Iowa was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Collaborative Food Supply Chains for Iowa’s Farmers.”
- Keefe Keeley with the Savanna Institute in Urbana, Illinois was awarded $29,951 for the project, “Evaluating and Sharing Techniques in Silvopasture Establishment.”
- Spencer Herbert with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture in North Mankato, Minnesota was awarded $30,000 for the project, “On-Farm Research to Quantify the Value of Cover Crops for Nutrient Crediting.”
- Annalisa Hultberg with the University of Minnesota in St. Paul, Minnesota was awarded $29,897 for the project, “Building Capacity via Peer-to-Peer Food Safety Education with Hmong-American Fruit and Vegetable Farmers.”
- Marla Spivak with the University of Minnesota in Saint Paul, Minnesota was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Causes of Honey Bee Queen Failure in Commercial Beekeeping Operations.”
- Stacey Hamilton with the Animal Research Center at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri was awarded $29,821 for the project, “Use of Irrigation on Pasture-Based Dairies to Determine Forage and Irrigation Type Efficiencies.”
- Kathie Starkweather with the Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, Nebraska was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Women Farmer and Landowner Learning Circles: Addressing Sustainability in a Changing Climate.”
- Strahinja Stepanovic with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Grant, Nebraska was awarded $29,999 for the project, “Replacing Summer Fallow with Grain-type Field Peas in Semiarid Cropping Systems: Sustainability and Agronomic Evaluation.”
- Erin Silva with the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin was awarded $29,813 for the project, “Partnering to Refine Organic No-Till Production in Wisconsin.”
- Claire Strader with FairShare CSA Coalition in Madison, Wisconsin was awarded $29,998 for the project, “Use of High-Residue, Winter-Killed Cover Crops in No-Till Organic Tomatoes.”
Read descriptions of these projects online at this website.
The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project’s relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE’s goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.
NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.