Now is the Time to Prepare for Producer Grant Proposals

Debbie Archer | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

SARE_Southern_CMYKSouthern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (Southern SARE), will issue its annual call for proposals for Producer Grants in September, Dr. David Fernandez, Cooperative Extension Program livestock specialist and interim dean of graduate studies for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, said. Now is the time to start planning and preparing.

Southern SARE is part of a U.S. Department of Agriculture program designed to increase knowledge about sustainable agriculture practices, he said. Producer grants are for producers to try out new and innovative ideas on their farms.

“Once a project is complete, Southern SARE expects producers to share the information with other farmers in their area,” Dr. Fernandez said. “Producers will also be asked to send a report to Southern SARE so it can be shared with farmers and researchers across the country.”

Grant proposals are due in November, and if a producer’s project is selected, the funds will be available in March, he said. More information about producer grants can be found at

“Producers should run their ideas past an experienced grant writer,” Dr. Fernandez said. “Your local university agriculture specialists or county Extension office can help.”

Individuals can be eligible for up to $10,000, he said. Groups of farmers and farmer organizations can receive as much as $15,000. Projects can last up to two years.

For more information on this or other livestock-related questions, contact Dr. Fernandez at (870) 575-8316 or via email at

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