Workshops on sustainable ag funding

Purdue University

Workshops will explain the grants’ purpose, help participants refine their ideas


Each year funding is made available through the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) grant program. Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, SARE awards funding for farmers and ranchers, youth educators, and researchers to follow through on innovative sustainable agriculture projects.

“SARE fills a unique niche in that grants can actually be used to fund work on the farm or in the classroom that deal with production and/or marketing issues that impact sustainability,” said Roy Ballard, Purdue Extension-Hancock County educator and Indiana SARE state coordinator. “More funds are being made available in this cycle, and our workshops are designed to guide people through the grant application process to increase their odds of submitting a successful proposal.”


Ballard said funding is available in broad categories for farmers and ranchers, researchers, those who work with youth, and for partnerships between farmers and other ag professionals.

The Extension workshops will explain the grants’ purpose, help participants refine their ideas and discuss how to submit a competitive application. Workshop registration must be done at least three days prior to the session date and can be completed online at or by calling 812-349-2575. Additional information about the SARE grants or the workshops is available by contacting Ballard at 317-462-1113,

Workshop dates and locations

* Sept. 11, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Purdue Extension Johnson County at First Financial Bank, 1250 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood.

* Sept. 24, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Purdue Extension Hancock County, 802 Apple St., Greenfield.

* Sept. 25, 10 a.m. Workshop via online webinar/conference call. Participants will be sent login instructions by email after registering.

* Oct. 3, 6-8 p.m. Hosted by Purdue Extension Monroe County, 3400 S. Walnut St., Bloomington.

* Oct. 9, 2-4 p.m. Hosted by Purdue Extension Newton County at the Government Center, 4117 S. 240 West, Suite 600, Morocco.