NCR-SARE Announces 2023 Professional Development Call for Proposals

February 21, 2023
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The 2023 NCR-SARE Professional Development Program call for proposals is now available online at

NCR-SARE’s Professional Development Program (PDP) provides funds for professional development projects that provide sustainable agriculture training to agricultural professionals and educators in the Cooperative Extension Service (CES), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), other governmental agencies, and educators in the profit and non-profit sector serving the food and fiber system. 

Projects can be up to three years, and the funding level is capped at $120,000 for each project, but projects requesting less than the full amount are encouraged. We expect to fund approximately ten projects in this cycle of PDP competitive grants. 

NCR-SARE will be accepting online proposal submissions using our online submission system. More information about the online submission system can be found in the call for proposals. Proposals are due at 4pm central on April 6, 2023.

Zoom Session
Anyone interested in the NCR-SARE Professional Development Program can join NCR-SARE for a zoom about applying for a Professional Development grant on Tuesday, March 7, 2023, at 3pm Central time. Register online at:

NCR-SARE intends to record the meeting and post the link online here:

Funding Decisions
NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council (AC) members decide which projects will receive SARE funds. A collection of farm and non-farm citizens, the AC includes a diverse mix of regional agricultural stakeholders. Council members hail from regional farms, ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations. 

Since 1988, the SARE program has helped advance farming systems that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and good for communities through a nationwide research and education grants program. The program, part of USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture, funds projects and conducts outreach designed to improve agricultural systems.

Any NCR-SARE Professional Development Grant Program questions should be addressed to PDP Regional Coordinator Dr. Rob Myers at 573-882-1547 or [email protected].

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