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Angie Peltier
Former Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture

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Hill and Furrow

Current topics about crop production in Western Illinois, including field crops research at the NWIARDC in Monmouth.

Do you have a good idea? Submit it and North Central SARE may provide funding.

Posted by Angie Peltier -

Harvest began late last week at the Northwestern Illinois Agricultural Research and Demonstration Center just outside of Monmouth.

Harvest time can yield more than grain. Spending time behind the dashboard harvesting corn or soybeans can give a person a lot of time to think. This time may be just the time to flesh out that idea that you've had in the back of your mind for a while.

The North-Central Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (NC-SARE) Program is a federal competitive grants program that funds sustainable agricultural research, demonstration or education project ideas submitted by different groups of individuals: farmers and ranchers, researchers, and youth educators.

Recently, NC-SARE sent out a call for Farmer and Rancher Grant Proposals. Farmers or ranchers in Illinois have benefitted from this program. Since its inception in 1988, SARE has funded 55 Farmer Rancher grants in Illinois, totaling more than $300,000.

Individual grants have a maximum award of $7,500, partnership grants (two farmers/ranchers from distinct operations working together) have a maximum award of $15,000 and groups of three or more farmers/ranchers from separate operations working together have a maximum of $22,500. Successful proposals will show how a farmer or rancher's idea will explore sustainable agriculture solutions to some problem or obstacle on their farm or ranch. These proposals will also address how the farmer or rancher plans to share the results of their project with others. Before submitting an online proposal, it may be a good idea to take a look at examples of successfully funded proposals.

The submission deadline is 4 PM Central time on Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Additional information about the Farmer and Rancher Grant Program, previously funded projects and submitting an online grant proposal can be found on links found on the Illinois or NC-SARE webpages.

For more information contact SARE Illinois state coordinator Richard Weinzierl: Phone: (217) 244-2126, Email: or SARE Illinois project manager Mary Hosier: Phone: (217) 333-7512, Email: or the NC-SARE Producer Liaison, Ms. Joan Benjamin. Phone: (573) 681-5545, Tollfree: (800) 529-1342, E-mail:

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