North Central SARE's network of state coordinators–housed at each land grant university throughout the region–conduct train-the-trainer programs and share information about our grant programs and other sustainable agriculture resources in their respective states.

State Contacts

Emily Heaton

Emily Heaton

Professor, Dept. of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Emily Heaton is a Regenerative Agriculture professor in the Crop Sciences department at the University of Illinois. Her research investigates the growth and productivity of perennial grasses to guide their management of biomass, ecosystem services, and profit.
Cate Loomis

Cate Loomis

Extension Program Coordinator
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Catie Loomis has a background in conservation and soil health. Throughout her career, she has worked to protect and restore natural resources, soils, and wildlife.


Since 1988, SARE has awarded numerous grants in every state and Island Protectorate. Aimed at advancing sustainable innovations, these grants add up to an impressive portfolio of sustainable agriculture efforts across the nation.

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Illinois Impacts

in funding since 1988
186 projects
funded since 1988

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