NCR-SARE Announces 2013 Professional Development Program Awards
From a program that will work with female farmland owners, to a project that will work with organic livestock professionals, NCR-SARE recommended funding more than $350,000 in Professional Development Program grants in 2013.
NCR-SARE Professional Development Program competitive grants emphasize training agricultural educators in extension, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, private, and not-for-profit sectors, using farmers as educators and addressing emerging issues in the farm community.
Here are the Professional Development Program grant projects that NCR-SARE recommended for funding in 2013:
- With a $61,054 Professional Development Program grant, Leigh Adcock at the Women, Food and Agriculture Network in Iowa will conduct the project, “Women Caring for the Land: Improving Conservation Outreach to Non-operator Female Farmland Owners.”
- With a $70,714 Professional Development Program grant, Cara Cummings at the The Land Connection in Illinois will conduct the project, “Developing and Disseminating Legal Issues Curricula to Educators Who Assist Sustainable Farmers.”
- With a $74,592 Professional Development Program grant, Carol Goland at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association will conduct the project, “Education for Veterinarians, Extension Educators, and Other Agricultural Professionals on Organic Livestock Health.”
- With a $74,658 Professional Development Program grant, Richard Warner at Green Lands Blue Waters will conduct the project, “Integrating Continuous Living Cover into Farming Systems through Professional Development.” Green Lands Blue Waters is a consortium of scientists, policy experts, farmers, and community organizers with members located at the University of Illinois, the Agricultural Watershed Institute , the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Iowa State University, Leopold Center, Iowa Soybean Association, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Iowa Farmers Union, the Audubon Society, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Izaak Walton League of America, the Land Stewardship Project, The Land Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Trout Unlimited, Louisiana State University, University of Minnesota, Minnesota Farmers Union, Rural Advantage, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin Farmers Union, and the Southwest Badger Resource Conservation and Development Council.
- With a $71,710 Professional Development Program grant, Eric Mader at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation will conduct the project, “The Conservation Biological Control Short Course.” Mader’s project has been named as the 2013 Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year. From 1991-1997 Dr. Ford served as was the Program Coordinator for the Southern Region SARE program. She was the NCR-SARE Professional Development Program Coordinator at Kansas State University for 11 years (1999-2009), and supported sustainable agriculture and SARE for more than 20 years. To honor Dr. Ford's contributions to NCR-SARE, the Administrative Council created the "Paula Ford Professional Development Program Proposal of the Year" award. Each year, one Professional Development Program funded project in the North Central Region is given this special designation. The region selects the project that best exemplifies Dr. Ford's contributions and passion for evaluation, professional development and/or science-based research.
A complete list of these 2013 Professional Development Grant Program projects as well as copies of the project abstracts can be found online.
Professional Development Program grants are one of five grant opportunities NCR-SARE offers to enhance sustainable agriculture outreach and education throughout the North Central region. Calls for preproposals and proposals for each of the grant programs and are released on an annual basis. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.