Thursday, October 29, 2009

Farmer Rancher Grant Writing Workshop

Source: Springfield News-Leader

Farmers and ranchers can learn how to write and submit proposals for grants to promote sustainable agriculture practices at a Nov.9 workshop at the Southwest Research Center in Mount Vernon.

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $15, which includes lunch and workshop materials. To register, call (417) 483-8139 by November 5.

For more information or to download a grant application, see

The workshop is sponsored by the Webb City Farmers Market and open to the public.

Funding for the grants comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program.

SARE awards grants for a wide range of ideas related to sustainable agriculture. Examples of 2009 projects include use of green manure crops, reducing parasites in yellow perch production, pasture management and vegetable production.

SARE invites farmers or ranchers operating in USDA’s North Central Region, which includes Missouri, to submit proposals that test and evaluate adaptable sustainable agriculture practices for their operations. Grants up to $6,000 for individuals or up to $18,000 for groups of three or more people from separate operations are available. SARE expects to fund about 50 projects in the region.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Dec. 3.

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