NCR-SARE Seeking Nominations for Administrative Council Members
NCR-SARE is seeking nominees* for two seats on its Administrative Council (AC) as follows:
- Representative of a state agricultural experiment station**
- Representative of a non-profit organization***
*Council members must be from one of the 12 states that comprise the North Central SARE region. Those states are IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI.
**The agriculture experiment station representative can be an agriculture faculty member with at least a partial research appointment or an agriculture experiment station administrator from one of the land grant universities in the 12-state North Central region.
***Represented non-profit should have demonstrable expertise on sustainable agriculture.
NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council represents various agricultural sectors, states and organizations. It sets program priorities and makes granting decisions for the region. A collection of farm and non-farm residents, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in our 12 states. Council members come from regional farms and ranches, university extension and research programs, and nonprofits. In addition, the AC includes regional representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, state agencies, and agribusinesses.
The term for each of these SARE Administrative Council slots is four years. Council members attend two meetings a year, typically 3-day meetings in July and Feb./March at various Midwest locations. Travel expenses are fully covered for travel to AC meetings. Nominees should have a basic understanding of sustainable agriculture and be comfortable with reviewing grant proposals and participating in a group decision-making process. More information about NCR-SARE and the AC online here.
To nominate yourself or someone else for a seat on the NCR-SARE AC, submit the following information by 4:30 pm, Friday, January 31, 2014:
- An email or letter regarding the nomination, which must mention which slot the nomination is for and what the nominee would bring to the AC.
- Indication that the nominee is willing to serve and come to meetings if elected.
- A brief (two pages or less) bio or CV for the nominee.
Nominations should be emailed to NCR-SARE at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to NCR-SARE at 1390 Eckles Ave, Suite 120, St Paul, MN 55108. We will acknowledge receipt of the materials and send a reply regarding the outcome of the election.
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. Since 1988, NCR-SARE has awarded more than $40 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states. The SARE program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).