Grant Moneys for Farm Experiments
Vermont farmers have always been eager to try new crops and ways toproduce them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Sustainable AgricultureResearch and Education program (SARE), wants to help by providing funds toassist with on-farm experimentation by farmers.This year, there are two groups of grants available from SARE that areaimed at helping farmers explore new ideas. The Farmer/Grower Grantprogram awards funds directly to producers to test new crops, practices,and systems in on-site experiments and to share their results with otherfarmers. Since 1993, the Northeast SARE has awarded 58 grants to Vermontfarmers, totaling more than $245,000 over the years. Capped at $10,000,the grants average $5,200.New for 2003, Partnership Grants apply to on-farm research anddemonstration projects developed by agricultural professionals who workdirectly with farmers. These awards also cap at $10,000.Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the University ofVermont, the University of Vermont Extension, and Northeast SARE, a forumwill be held for people to learn more about SARE grant proposals. It willtake place on Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Morey Loungeat Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. Presenters will includefarmers who have already submitted successful proposals, and SAREpersonnel who have information about the 2003 grants.Everyone is welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required. Seatingis limited, so pre-register early by calling Allen Matthews at the Centerfor Sustainable Agriculture at UVM, 802-656-0037, or [email protected](link sends e-mail).