NCR-SARE Leadership and Policies

North Central Region SARE is managed and led by our regional Administrative Council, State Coordinators, regional Technical and review committees, and staff.

  • Regional Administrative Council (AC), representing various agricultural sectors, states, and organizations. The Administrative Council sets program priorities and makes granting decisions. Administrative Council members are expected to participate in NCR-SARE committees.
  • Professional Development Program (PDP) State Coordinators represent land-grant institutions in the North Central region. PDP Coordinators direct sustainable agriculture education in their respective states. If you need help with any related issue please contact your State Representative for assistance.
  • Regional Technical Committee (TC) and Review Committees, also comprised of various agricultural stakeholders. The Technical Committee and other Review Committees review proposals and make recommendations to the Administrative Council.
  • Staff, primarily housed at the University of Minnesota, carries out Administrative Council directives, collecting and distributing SARE information on sustainable agriculture. Staff members are also located at Lincoln University and the University of Missouri.

NCR-SARE Administrative Council

The NCR-SARE Administrative Council (AC) sets program priorities, approves the budget and makes proposal funding decisions for all grant programs. The eighteen members fill designated slots for three-year terms, a maximum of two terms.  Position openings are advertised via press releases, and current AC members elect new members from nominations.

Council members are expected to attend Council meetings (in-person February and July, throughout the region), review proposals and other materials distributed between meetings, and participate on NCR-SARE committees and occasional between-meeting conference calls.

NCR-SARE Grant Review Committees

The NCR-SARE Technical Committee and other grant program review committees review proposals and make recommendations to the Administrative Council. Recommendations and self-nominations to serve on NCR-SARE grant program review committees are welcome. Learn more here.

NCR-SARE State Advisory Committees

Each of the 12 North Central Region states has an advisory committee that provides input into SARE programs at the state level, including the development of state plans of work. SARE funds for mini-grants, travel scholarships, and other professional development programs.  These committees generally meet once per year in person (typically 2-4 hours) and sometimes once or twice per year by conference call (normally an hour at a time).  The committee is a diverse mix of 10-15 people, including university extension staff, non-profit organization representatives, farmers and ranchers, state and federal agency personnel, and sometimes private sector agriculture representatives.  SARE state advisory committees also provide guidance on the use of travel and mini-grant funds within the state.

Consideration

To be considered for an NCR-SARE committee, email ncrsare@umn.edu, indicate the committee(s) of interest and include a short bio or resume.

You can also visit the Western, Southern and Northeast region SARE programs, or find contacts from the SARE Outreach.

Administrative Council

NCR-SARE is a USDA-funded grant program whose mission is to strengthen communities, increase farmer/rancher profitability, and improve the environment by supporting research and education. NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council is responsible for the operation of the NCR-SARE program by appointing a host institution, defining policy, issuing calls for grant proposals, and making decisions about funding proposals. The…

Grant Review Committees

The NCR-SARE Technical Committee and other grant program review committees review proposals and make recommendations to the Administrative Council. Recommendations and self-nominations to serve on NCR-SARE grant program review committees are welcome. To be considered, complete this online form. Research and Education Grant Program Review Committee (Technical Committee) The NCR-SARE regional Technical Committee (TC) reviews Research and…

Policy Information

The program that is now known as Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) was first authorized as Low-Input Sustainable Agriculture (LISA) in the Food Security Act of 1985.  Implementation was begun in 1988 when Congress first appropriated funds for the program. In 1990, LISA was changed to SARE upon enactment of Title XVI of the…