The grants summary  includes a project highlight, a breakdown of funding by SARE project type, the total funding for the state since 1988 and state grant recipients.

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

Dean Baas

Dean Baas

Sustainable Agriculture Educator
Michigan State University Extension
(269) 967-9672
Dean Baas is a Michigan SARE State Co-Coordinator and is the Sustainable Agriculture Educator for Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. He is involved in cover crop, soil health and organic agriculture research and education. Farmers and commodity groups are an integral part of his projects and programs. He is also a member of the Midwest Cover Crops Council Executive Committee.


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.

Two men in an apple orchard talking and collecting apples
Michigan apple grower Jim Koan (left) explains his business strategies to former USDA Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini (right). Koan’s cider operation provides consistent cash flow in years when weather disrupts apple production. Photo by Savannah Halleaux, USDA.


in funding since 1988
288 projects
funded since 1988