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NCR-SARE Announces Professional Development Grant Program Award for Richard Warner

The North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) recently recommended that Richard Warner at Green Lands Blue Waters receive a $74,658 grant for the proposed 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.

This year, NCR-SARE awarded more than $350,000 in Professional Development Program grants that support state professional development programs and competitive grants for training agricultural professionals. NCR-SARE Professional Development Program competitive grants emphasize training agricultural educators in extension, Natural Resources Conservation Service, private, and not-for-profit sectors, using farmers as educators and addressing emerging issues in the farm community.

A complete list of the 2013 NCR-SARE Professional Development Grant Program projects selected for funding as well as copies of the project abstracts can be found online at

NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the SARE program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation to American agriculture. 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.

NCR-SARE's Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, 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, and nonprofit organizations. In addition, regional representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and NCR agribusinesses, state agencies, and foundations sit at the table to distribute grant money.


North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research
and Education Program (NCR-SARE)




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