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Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) is a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grants and outreach program.

What is SARE and what does it fund?

SARE is divided into four regions with the Southern SARE program operating under the cooperative agreements of University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Southern SARE supports sustainable agriculture efforts in 13 states and two U.S. territories.

Southern SARE funds several different competitive grant programs, and each type of grant benefits a specific target audience.

Who is eligible for a SARE grant?

SARE grants are open to farmers/ranchers, researchers, educators, graduate students, government agencies, community groups, non-profit organizations, NGOs, and agribusinesses.

Producer Grants enable farmers and ranchers to test a sustainable agriculture idea using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique.

Closed: November 11, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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On-Farm Research Grants provide opportunities for agriculture professionals working directly with farmers and ranchers on sustainable agriculture efforts.

Closed: December 2, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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Research and Education Grants encourage a systems approach to sustainable agriculture. They are mainly designed for teams of interdisciplinary researchers.

Research & Education Proposal Deadline: June 3, 2022

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Education Grants allow applicants to conduct education and outreach activities for the benefit of the greater sustainable ag community, and promote efforts in farmer innovations, community resilience, business success, ag diversification, and best management practices.

Education Proposal Deadline: August 5, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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 Professional Development Program Grants further education and outreach strategies for professionals and educators who work directly with farmers and ranchers.

Deadline: August 31, 2022 12:00 PM EST

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Graduate Student Grants provide sustainable ag research opportunities for Master's and PhD students.

Deadline: May 6, 2022

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For general inquiries on SSARE grants, sustainable agriculture or educational publications, email For more specific questions regarding the SSARE program, contact the SSARE staff.