Grant Moneys for Farm Experiments

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Grant Moneys for Farm Experiments

Tue, 10/22/2002 - 8:00pm -- tim

Vermont farmers have always been eager to try new crops and ways to
produce them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture
Research and Education program (SARE), wants to help by providing funds to
assist with on-farm experimentation by farmers.
This year, there are two groups of grants available from SARE that are
aimed at helping farmers explore new ideas. The Farmer/Grower Grant
program awards funds directly to producers to test new crops, practices,
and systems in on-site experiments and to share their results with other
farmers. Since 1993, the Northeast SARE has awarded 58 grants to Vermont
farmers, 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 and
demonstration projects developed by agricultural professionals who work
directly with farmers. These awards also cap at $10,000.
Sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of
Vermont, the University of Vermont Extension, and Northeast SARE, a forum
will be held for people to learn more about SARE grant proposals. It will
take place on Wednesday, November 13, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., in Morey Lounge
at Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center. Presenters will include
farmers who have already submitted successful proposals, and SARE
personnel who have information about the 2003 grants.
Everyone is welcome to attend, but pre-registration is required. Seating
is limited, so pre-register early by calling Allen Matthews at the Center
for Sustainable Agriculture at UVM, 802-656-0037, or e-mailing
allen.matthews@uvm.edu.