SARE Grants

The SARE program provides 6 categories of competitive grants to support work in sustainable agriculture.

  1. Research and Education Grants – call for preproposals usually issued in August and due in October
  2. Farmer-Rancher Grants – call for proposals usually issued in August or September and due in early December
  3. Professional Development Program Grants – call for preproposals usually issued in February and due in April
  4. Graduate Student Grants – call for proposals usually issued in February and due in April
  5. Youth Educator Grants — call for proposals usually issued in August and due in November
  6. Partnership Grants — call for proposals usually issued in August and due in October

Educators are strongly encouraged to let innovative farmers know about the SARE Farmer-Rancher Grants. Download a 2-page Handout about Farmer-Rancher Grants. For more information contact Diane Mayerfeld.

Recent examples of SARE grants in Wisconsin include:

Professional Development Projects

  • Making pasture walks more than just a walk in the pasture
  • Sustainable Agricultural Workshop Series for Tribal Educators

Farmer-Rancher Projects

  • Increase Sustainability on Fish Farms with the Development of Value Added Products from Fish and Fish Waste
  • Evaluation of Oilseed Radish Biomass Management As A Control Strategy For Pests In NoTill Corn
  • Leveraging the Power of Social Media and Mobile Point of Sales Systems at the Oshkosh Farmers Market
  • Evaluating 2nd Generation Hybrid Hazelnuts Through On-Farm Production Trials
  • Perfecting the day-range pastured-poultry system through on-farm replicated feeding trials
  • Low input pasture renovation through multi species intensive grazing
  • The Wisconsin Hops Harvest Partnership: Demonstrating the feasibility of using smallscale, cooperative harvesting systems to enable
    sustainable commercial hops production in Wisconsin.
  • The Coney Garth: Effective Management of Rabbit Breeding Does on Pasture
  • Developing harvest task checklists to assist farmers in managing harvest crews
  • Optimization of corn production following legume green manures

Research and Education Projects

  • Tomato Variety Trials for Flavor, Quality and Agronomic Performance, to Increase Highvalue Direct Marketing Opportunities for Farmers and Onfarm Trialing Capacity
  • Protecting Diversified, DirectMarket, and ValueAdded Operations with Smart Business Structures, Written Agreements, and Regulatory Compliance
  • Building Resilience and Flexibility into Midwest Organic Potato Production: Participatory Breeding and Seed Potato Production

Graduate Student Projects

  • Linking Nutrient Transport to Soil Physical Processes During Freeze/Thaw Events to Promote Wintertime Manure Management, Nutrient Use Efficiency, and Surface Water Quality
  • Improving Soil Health Through Cover Crop Based NoTill Organic Vegetable Production
  • Diversity Prospecting for an Open Source Plant Breeding Framework

Youth Educator Projects

  • Youth Beekeeping & Entrepreneurship Building a National Model
  • Fieldhands and Foodways

Partnership Projects

  • Partnering to Refine Organic No-Till Production in Wisconsin
  • Farmer-led Research for Increased Cover Crop and No-Till Adoption in Northwest Wisconsin
  • Enhancing Women Farmers’ Understanding of Cover Crops

A searchable database of all SARE-funded projects is on the web at  You can search by state, grant type, and key words.

For more information about upcoming calls for proposals check the North Central Region SARE webpage at