SARE Grants in Kentucky
SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation. Read more in the following grant portfolio summary and detailed grants list for Kentucky.
- Kentucky Competitive Grant Portfolio Summary (pdf) The portfolio summary for each state includes one project highlight, a breakdown of funding by SARE project type, and the total funding for the state since 1988. This is a colorful 2-pager in PDF format that can be printed and distributed.
- Competitive Grants List (pdf) The grants list describes each grant in the state by title, project leader and funding level. For further information about any grant in the list, go to SARE Projects and search by the project number or title.
The Kentucky SARE program is facilitated through a joint collaboration between the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University. Kentucky SARE partners with researchers, extension faculty, producers, and community organizers to research and implement the best science-based practices available in all aspect's of Kentucky's agricultural system.
Kentucky's SARE State Coordinators are vital for expanding sustainable agriculture training for Extension, NRCS, and other agricultural professionals, who will then help producers transition to a more sustainable agriculture.
University of Kentucky:
Lee Meyer is the Southern region's 1862 land-grant liaison. His areas of research and Extension interest include agricultural and livestock marketing, sustainable agriculture, farm transitions and beginning farmer programs, direct marketing, and grass-fed beef production. Below are links to programs that Lee has been involved in:
Kentucky State University:
Marion Simon is the Small Farms State Specialist for the Kentucky State University Small Farm Program. The program is designed to enhance the income and sustainability of small farmers in Kentucky with a particular emphasis on limited resource persons. Through outreach efforts, Simon and other program specialists notify farmers of programs available to them from various USDA Agencies, develop alternative farming enterprises for farmers in central and western Kentucky, and assist farmers with record-keeping and completion of financial data. This project is an extension education program funded by the National Office of Outreach's Small Farmer Outreach Training and Technical Assistance Program and the Kentucky State University Extension Program (KSUCEP) in cooperation with the University of Kentucky. Simon also coordinates KSU's innovative Third Thursday Thing, a program which includes regular workshops for farmers considering organic program, marketing and risk management.
Kentucky SARE Program Assistant:
Sarah Lovett is an Extension associate in Agricultural Economics at the University of Kentucky. Programs she is involved in include: KyFarm Start: Beginning Farmer and Rancher, Annie's Project, Pasture-Based Beef Finishing, and the Farm Transition program.
Kentucky SARE offers a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Check back to this section frequently to find out about upcoming events you can participate in. Information regarding grant opportunities and deadlines will also be provided.
Sustainable ag resources throughout Kentucky.
Currently funded SARE projects throughout Kentucky.