Southern SARE Announces Funding of Professional Development Program Grants
GRIFFIN, Georgia – Training programs for ag professionals covering renewable energy, business management, and local food systems have been funded by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) program.
The Professional Development Program Grants are “train-the-trainer” grants that provide sustainable agriculture education and outreach strategies for ag professionals who work directly with farmers and ranchers. Training activities can include seminars, workshops, farm tours, on-farm demonstrations, or marketing materials.
Five projects, totaling $292,952, were funded. They include:
ES13-117 Training in Renewable Energy Systems for Small Farms to Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Profitability, $78,128, Clemson University, Geoffrey Zehnder, email@example.com
ES13-118 Training and Tools for Assisting Small and Mid-Scale Producers of Horticultural Crops with Business Decisions, $79,857, Southern Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Jean Mills, firstname.lastname@example.org
ES13-119 Moving the NC Local Food System Toward Sustainability: A comprehensive graduate course in local food systems for cooperative Extension agents, specialists, and other educators, $79,063, North Carolina State University, Joanna Massey Lelekacs, Joanna_lelekacs@ncsu.edu
ES13-120 Farming for the Future: Adopting sustainable agriculture practices, $55,904, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Megan Clayton, email@example.com
The Professional Development Program Grants Calls for Proposals for FY2014 are currently open. The application deadline for pre-proposals is June 2. Click here to learn more about the Professional Development Program Grants, including who can apply, eligible activities, and the grants release schedule.
Published by the Southern Region of the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Southern SARE operates under cooperative agreements with the University of Georgia, Fort Valley State University, and the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture to offer competitive grants to advance sustainable agriculture in America's Southern region.