The call for 2023 Northeast SARES subsidies to farmers are now available. Approximately $750,000 has been allocated to fund projects for this grant cycle. Prices typically range from $5,000 to $30,000, depending on the complexity and length of a project. The online system for submitting proposals will open on October 1, 2022. Proposals must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. EST on November 15, 2022.
Northeast SARES Farmer grants provide the resources farmers need to explore new concepts of sustainable agriculture conducted through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and development techniques. ‘education. Projects address issues that affect agriculture with long-term sustainability in mind.
Farmer grants help farmers try new things that could improve their operations, according to grant coordinator Candice Huber.
“Farmers are natural problem solvers,” says Huber. “They see something that needs to be done and build a solution. Northeast SARES offers farmers the opportunity to try solutions that improve quality of life, profitability and environmental impact. »
Northeast SARES funds projects in a wide variety of topics, including marketing and business, agricultural production, livestock farming, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agricultural practices, urban and indigenous agriculture and more. Last year, the ceiling for subsidies to farmers was increased from $15,000 to $30,000.
“We are looking for people who pay a reasonable salary for their work on a grant project,” says Huber. “Additional funding is also more realistic for complex projects with more collaboration, education and replication to increase the strength of results.”
An informational webinar featuring Tommye Lou Rafes, recipient of several farmer grants, will take place at noon on October 4, 2022.
Rafes says the benefits of a SARES grant goes beyond financial support. There is emotional support in knowing that your problem is valid and worth spending time investigating.
“Every day I walk around, and I have questions and I have problems,” she says. “Someone say ‘Tommye, this is valuable, and this is something other people can learn from and hopefully it helps other people’…it was a big validation for me.”
The Northeast the region includes Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, West Virginia, Vermont, and Washington, D.C.
Learn more about Farmer Subsidies – northeast.saree.org/farmer
See the full call for proposals – northeast.saree.org/
Register for the webinar – northeast.saree.org/
See previous SARES Projects – projects.saree.org/
Top photo: Photo from Northeast SARE website.