North Central SARE
FNC15-986, Cala, WI
Farmer Rancher Program

Farmer Rancher Program

NCR-SARE’s Farmer Rancher Grant Program is a grant program for farmers and ranchers exploring sustainable solutions to problems through on-farm research, demonstration, and education. Read More...

LNC12-345, Rowntree, MI
Research and Education Program

Research and Education Program

NCR-SARE's Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher involvement. Read More...

GNC02-003, Finkeiner, NE
Graduate Student Program

Graduate Student Program

NCR-SARE’s Graduate Student Grant Program is a grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. Read more...

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Professional Development Program

Professional Development Program

NCR-SARE's Professional Development Grant Program supports state professional development programs and competitive grants for training agricultural professionals. Read More...

YENC12-053, Rachel Levi, MO
Youth Educator Program

Youth Educator Program

Youth Educator grants are for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Read More....

young researchers explore sustainability
Partnership Program

Partnership Program

NCR-SARE's Partnership grant program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers. Read more...

Regional News Upcoming Events About NCR SARE

North Central Region SARE (NCR-SARE) is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture.

Grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences and timelines focus on sustainable agriculture research and education.

Reports describe project results and lessons learned.

State programs deliver NCR-SARE-specific programming close to the ground.

Educational Resources helps you explore ideas, access tools, and do further reading on topics in sustainable agriculture, This section includes newsletters, logos, fact sheets, books, bulletins, and more.

The 12 states of the North Central Region — Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin — have a rich agricultural history. Click on individual states to find more information.

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Open Grant Programs

The 2017 Research and Education Call for Preproposals is now available. Preproposals are due October 20, 2016. Word | PDF

The 2017 Partnership Call for Proposals is now available. Proposals are due October 27, 2016. Word | PDF

The 2017 Youth Educator Call for Proposals is now available. Proposals are due November 10, 2016. Word | PDF

The 2017 Farmer Rancher Call for Proposals is now available. Proposals are due December 8, 2016. Word | PDF

  • Timelines for NCR-SARE's grant programs can be found here.
  • Sample calls for proposals and lists of recently funded projects can be found here.
  • Click here to watch video presentations about applying to NCR-SARE's grant programs.

To receive notifications when calls for proposals are open, contact the NCR-SARE office.

NCR-SARE Main Office
120 BAE, University of Minnesota
1390 Eckles Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-626-3113
Fax: 612-626-3132
Main Email:


New Data from the Cover Crop Survey

Insight from 2,020 farmers from across the country reflected enthusiasm for cover crops and—for the fourth year in a row—found a yield boost in corn and soybeans following cover crops. Read more here.

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