Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE)


Support Agency:

Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education

Program Contact:

Northeast SARE

University of Vermont
140 Kennedy Drive, Suite 201
South Burlington, VT 05403

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The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture works to advance farming systems that are more profitable, environmentally sound and good for communities through an innovative grants program. More specifically, SARE funds scientific investigation and education to reduce the use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers, and toxic materials in agricultural production; to improve management of on-farm resources to enhance productivity, profitability, and competitiveness; to promote crop, livestock, and enterprise diversification and to facilitate the research of agricultural production systems in areas that possess various soil, climatic, and physical characteristics; to study farms that have are managed using farm practices that optimize on-farm resources and conservation practices; and to promote partnerships among farmers, nonprofit organizations, agribusiness, and public and private research and extension institutions.

Support Type:


Available Funding:

$855,000 average

Funding Range:

$30,000 to $200,000 for large, multiyear projects and $15,000 or less for smaller, shorter-term projects

Restoration Activity:

Educational institutions eligible include land-grant colleges or universities and other universities. Also eligible are state agricultural experiment stations, state cooperative extension services, and individuals with demonstrable expertise. Producers are eligible for a separate small grants program.


Business, Nonprofit Groups, Educational Institution, State/Territorial Agency, Federal Agency

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