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Farmers, ranchers can apply for Southern SARE Producer Grants By Candace M. Pollock-Moore

Georgia farmers and ranchers are invited to apply for the 2013 Producer Grants now available from the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program.

Producer grants must be used to conduct sustainable agriculture research projects that solve agricultural production challenges farmers face. The grants can also be used to develop information on what works and what doesn’t, so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same challenges can benefit from the results of the funded project.

Deadline in November, announcement in February

The proposal submission deadline is Nov. 18, 2013, and funded grants will be announced in late February 2014.

Producer grants are not designed to pay a farmer to farm; buy livestock, equipment or land; make permanent farm improvements; or support private enterprises through capital investments. Southern SARE Producer Grants are research grants, designed to take some of the financial risk away from trying a solution.

Projects may be funded for up to two years for a project maximum of $10,000 for an individual producer or $15,000 for a producer organization. Producer organizations should be comprised primarily of farmers/ranchers and must have a majority farmer representation on their governing board.

Follow proposal guidelines carefully

Grant proposals include application information, use of funds, proposal submission instructions and contact information. Follow the information in the call for proposals closely when submitting a proposal. Failure to follow the submission guidelines may result in a proposal being rejected.

For detailed information on how to apply for a SSARE Producer Grant, download the current call for proposals at www.southernsare.org/Grants/Types-of-Grants/Producer-Grants. For more information about Southern SARE, visit www.southernsare.org.

(Candace Pollack is the public relations coordinator for the Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.)

Walter Driggers
Walter Driggers

Southern farmers like Walter Driggers of Collins, Ga., can apply for grants from the SSARE to help pay the cost of trying new techniques on their farms.

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Southern farmers like Walter Driggers of Collins, Ga., can apply for grants from the SSARE to help pay the cost of trying new techniques on their farms. Download Image
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