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Understand who can apply for what type of grant.
This grant program funds projects that result in farmers gaining knowledge and skills they can apply to make verifiable changes that lead to greater sustainability. Projects may be submitted with or without an applied research component, but all projects must have an outcome-based education program for farmers. The maximum project length is four years.
For agricultural service providers--extension staff, consultants, nonprofits, state departments of agriculture, and other advisors in the farm community--who want to conduct on-farm demonstrations, research, or marketing projects with farmers as cooperators. Deadlines are in the fall for awards the following spring.
For commercial farmers who want to test a new idea using a field trial, on-farm demonstration, marketing initiative, or other technique. Applications are submitted on line in late November or early December for awards the following spring.
For educators delivering outcome-based training in sustainable techniques to Cooperative Extension staff and other service providers. Preproposals submitted on line in June; full proposals from approved applicants are submitted in November for awards the following spring.
For students enrolled in a graduate program at an accredited college, university, or veterinary school who want to research key topics in sustainable agriculture. Proposals are submitted in early May for awards in August.
For long-term research that explores the ecological interactions that are the basis of sustainable agriculture. We are currently supporting two long-term projects and won't be offering this award in the coming grant round.