Duley awarded a SARE grant to research growing hemp for fiber

Carl Duley with the University of Wisconsin – Madison Extension in Buffalo County was selected to receive a $40,000 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, “Exploration of Fiber Hemp Production and Quality.”

“This project will study fiber hemp production practices and how variety, nitrogen rates, and seeding rate affect fiber hemp dry matter production and fiber quality. Fiber research and business partnerships will be established to continue growing this industry,” said Duley.

This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Partnership Grant Program. The Partnership Grant Program is intended to foster cooperation between agriculture professionals and small groups of farmers and ranchers to catalyze on-farm research, demonstration, and education activities related to sustainable agriculture. Learn more about the NCR-SARE Partnership Grant Program online at http://www.northcentralsare.org/Grants/Our-Grant-Programs/Partnership-Grant-Program

The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education. Funding considerations are based on how well the applicant presents the problem being addressed, the project’s relevance to sustainable agriculture in the 12-state North Central region, and how well it aligns with NCR-SARE’s goals, among other factors specific to each grant program.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.