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Southern SARE Producer Grant

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

Closed November 11, 2022


Recognizing the value and importance of on-the-farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges, the SSARE Producer Grant program was established in 1994 to give farmers the opportunity to conduct their own research projects. The competitive research grants program is intended to help farmers and ranchers develop sustainable production and marketing practices. The goal of the grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct projects to solve challenges and problems they face, and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same problems can benefit from the results of the funded project.


Producer Grants are open to individual farmers/ranchers or farmer organizations. Only one proposal may be submitted per grant cycle. Primary occupation is farming or ranching or the applicant is a part-time producer. At least $1,000 of annual income from the operation must be documented. Farmer organizations should be comprised primarily of farmers/ranchers and must have a majority farmer representation on their governing board. There are no restrictions on farm size or the length of time an applicant has been farming. Producer Grants, however, are designed for farmers already established in their farming operation, and not be beginning farmers or ranchers.


Producer Grant proposals must meet the following basic requirements in order to be considered for funding:

  • The proposal must be submitted from an individual farmer/rancher or farmer/rancher organization, such as a cooperative. Proposals from NGOs, other community groups or researchers are not accepted.

  • Primary occupation is farming/ranching or part-time farming. Producers run their farm alone or with family or partners and have a least $1,000 of documented annual income from the operation.

  • The proposed project addresses production and marketing issues that promote sustainable agriculture.

  • The proposal addresses a research project; Producer Grants are not designed to pay a farmer to “farm.”

  • Projects must include at least one cooperator. They can be other farmers, researchers, extension agents, governmental or non-governmental organizations, or others who cooperate in project planning, data collection and outreach of results.

  • The proposed project satisfies the requirements of allowable expenses.

  • An outreach component is identified in the proposal. Outreach allows the farmer to share his/her project outcomes with the greater farming community.


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Release Date

September 1, 2022


November 11, 2022


Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)

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Updated September 16, 2022

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