NCR-SARE Announces 2017 Partnership Grants
NCR-SARE is pleased to announce the projects recommended for funding for the 2017 Partnership Grant Program.
For the 2017 Partnership Grant Program, NCR-SARE awarded almost $412,000 to 14 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):
- Angela Rieck-Hinz with Iowa State University in Clarion, IA was awarded $29,999 for the project, “Agronomy in the Field: A Women's Cohort for Increasing Capacity of Agronomic and Conservation Principles.”
- Michelle Wander with University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in Urbana, IL was awarded $29,974 for the project, “Interseeding Fall Catch Crops in Winter Wheat.
- Julia Angstmann with Butler University in Indianapolis, IN was awarded $29,865 for the project, “Indy Urban Mushrooms: Growing Revenue Through Collaborative Exploration of Mushroom Production.”
- Wenjing Guan with Purdue University in Vincennes, IN was awarded $29,791 for the project, “Using Grafting Technology to Enhance Greenhouse Cucumber Production in High Tunnels.”
- Daniel Brainard with Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI was awarded $25,595 for the project, “Cultivating partnerships: Building Farm-research Networks for Improved Physical Weed Control.”
- Nick Mabe with The Good Acre in Falcon Heights, MN was awarded $30,000 for the project, “High Tunnel Immigrant Farmer Training and Demonstration Plot.”
- Rusty Lee with The University of Missouri in Montgomery, MO was awarded $29,039 for the project, “Tall Fescue Pasture Seed Head Control Methods.”
- Abbey Wick with North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND was awarded $29,488 for the project, “Adoption of Cover Crops to Build Soil Health in the Northern Plains.”
- Kathie Starkweather with Center for Rural Affairs in Lyons, NE was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Growing Together: Latino Farmer Learning Circles for Knowledge and Networks.”
- Melanie Caffe-Treml with South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD was awarded $30,000 for the project, “Oat Variety Trial under Organic Management: Increasing Profitability for Organic Producers in the North Central Region.”
- Chris Blanchard with Purple Pitchfork in Madison, WI was awarded $28,973 for the project, “The Best of 'Farmer to Farmer' Podcast: Revisiting and Expanding Solutions for Market Farm Start-up, Scale-up, CSA Modeling, and Employee Management.”
- Matthew Raboin with The University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI was awarded $29,999 for the project, “Comparing Apples to Apples: Participatory Research for Artisanal Cider Producers.”
- Claire Strader with UW Extension Dane County in Madison, WI was awarded $29,998 for the project, “Use of Tarps to Terminate High-Residue Winter-Hardy Cover Crops Before No-Till Organic Vegetables.”
- James Stute with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy, WI was awarded $29,355 for the project, “Do Cover Crops Pay? Expanding a Learning Circle for Peer to Peer Cover Crop Promotion Using Economics as a Theme.”
Read descriptions of these projects online.
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. 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 nonprofits.
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.