NCR-SARE Seeking Farmer or Rancher for Administrative Council

December 12, 2022

NCR-SARE is seeking nominees* for a seat on its Administrative Council (AC):

  • A farmer or rancher representative (NCR-SARE defines a farmer/rancher as someone who raises crops or livestock, especially as a business)

*Council members must live and work in one of the 12 states that make up the North Central SARE region. Those states are IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, ND, NE, OH, SD, and WI.

We particularly welcome nominees from Illinois, Indiana, or Iowa. Those are the only three states in the North Central region that are not currently represented on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council.  However, full consideration will be given to nominees/applicants from the 12 North Central states and will not be limited to individuals from Illinois, Indiana, or Iowa.

NCR-SARE’s Administrative Council represents various agricultural sectors, states, and organizations. It sets program priorities and makes granting decisions for the region. A collection of farm and non-farm residents, the Administrative Council includes a diverse mix of agricultural stakeholders in our 12 states. Council members come from regional farms and ranches, university extension and research programs, and nonprofits. In addition, the Administrative Council includes regional representatives of the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, state agencies, and agribusinesses.

The term for this Administrative Council slot is three years. Council members attend two in-person meetings a year, typically 2-3 day meetings in July and February at various Midwest locations, and participate in a few virtual meetings each year. Travel expenses are fully covered for travel to Administrative Council meetings.

Applicants should understand sustainable agriculture well and be comfortable reviewing grant proposals and participating in a group decision-making process. Please note, members of the Administrative Council are not eligible to apply for SARE funding during their time on the Administrative Council. More information about NCR-SARE and the Administrative Council is online at

To nominate yourself for a seat on the NCR-SARE Administrative Council, submit the following information using our online form by January 18, 2023.

  • the nominee’s areas of interest or focus in sustainable agriculture
  • why the nominee is interested in serving on NCR-SARE's Administrative Council
  • the nominee’s experience, affiliations, and qualifications

NCR-SARE is one of four regional offices that run the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program, a nationwide grants and education program to advance sustainable innovation in American agriculture. Since 1988, NCR-SARE has awarded more than $80 million worth of competitive grants to farmers and ranchers, researchers, educators, public and private institutions, nonprofit groups, and others exploring sustainable agriculture in 12 states. The SARE program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA).

Related Locations: North Central