Western SARE: Farmer/Rancher Grants

Western SARE

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Deadline: Nov 1, 2022 12:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Farms & Farming Livestock & Ranching

Applicant type: For-Profit Business, Working Professional

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Micronesia, Federated States Of; Alaska; American Samoa; Arizona; California Show all

Location of residency: Micronesia, Federated States Of; Alaska; American Samoa; Arizona; California Show all


This grant program involves agricultural producers (main applicants) and technical advisor(s) implementing projects to address identified needs in sustainable agriculture. With the support and guidance of the technical advisor, producers must integrate research and education to conduct on-site/on-farm experiments to improve production, marketing, and the environment. It is expected that outcomes of funded projects will result in quantifiable benefits for producers, increase the preservation of the natural and social resources upon which agriculture relies, and be shared with other producers. Farmer/Rancher projects are limited to $20,000 for one producer or to $25,000 for three or more producers, for up to three years. 

Western SARE Farmer/Rancher projects must:

  • Design innovative on-farm/ranch experiments that will lead to a more sustainable agriculture.
  • Conduct on-the-ground research and education (outreach) within the scope of the project. Both research and education components must be distinct elements of the proposal.
  • Identify how the results of this project could advance sustainable agriculture.
  • Detail creative educational outreach plans that deliver this new knowledge to other producers and agricultural professionals in the Western region.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only producers (farmers or/and ranchers) with a for-profit operation and who have no conflict of interest (see Conflict of Interest) are eligible to apply for a Farmer/Rancher Grant.
  • The producer must be the applicant. If the proposal involves three or more producers, one producer must be designated as the applicant who will be responsible for both fiscal and project management of the grant.  If funded, the applicant will be required to provide a taxpayer identification number (TIN) in order to receive payments from Montana State University (MSU). Each producer involved in the project must be associated to an independent and separate operation.
  • To be considered a producer:
    • Your primary occupation is farming or ranching, and you have a farm/ranch TIN; or
    • You are a part-time producer with at least $1,000 documented annual income from farming or ranching activities.
  • Technical Advisor: All proposals must have a qualified technical advisor who should assist with the planning, on-farm field trial, evaluation, outreach, and reporting.
    • Technical advisors may be Cooperative Extension educators/agents or specialists, University faculty or researchers, USDA-NRCS field staff, agricultural consultants, nonprofit organization staff members, or other agricultural professionals assisting producers at the local level.
    • The technical advisor’s resume (two-page maximum) must be included in the Supporting Documents section. The technical advisor cannot be one of the producers and should not submit the application on behalf of the producer applying for the grant


  • Non-profit organizations are not eligible for this grant program.

This page was last reviewed October 06, 2021 and last updated September 03, 2021