The USDA's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program has funds available to support on-farm research, demonstration and education in sustainable agriculture in the North Central region. Iowa farmers and ranchers are encouraged to apply.

"Iowa producers have many good ideas for projects that are economically profitable and environmentally sound, and SARE producer grants offer a way to implement these ideas, both locally and regionally," said Jerry DeWitt, Iowa State University sustainable agriculture extension coordinator. Projects can focus on vegetable, field crop, or livestock systems, or other areas that may help producers to have more sustainable and competitive operations.

"The key elements are a good idea, a strong partnership and a willingness to share your information," said DeWitt. Projects should provide practical answers to producers' questions. Producer grant projects may be conducted by individual producers but collaborations are encouraged. Funding may be up to $5,000 or $15,000. Details about grants can be found on SARE's Web site at

Applications are due March 30, 2001. For more information on SARE grants or to receive a producer grant application form, contact Jerry DeWitt or Margaret Smith, Department of Agronomy, 2104 Agronomy Hall, ISU, Ames, Iowa 50011 or call (515) 294-1923.

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