Professional Development Program (PDP) Overview


SARE's Professional Development Program (PDP) provides training, grants, and resources for ag professionals to build their awareness, knowledge, and skills related to sustainable agriculture concepts. PDP opportunities are intended for a wide range of professionals, including:

  • Cooperative Extension Service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Farm Service Agency (FSA)
  • The private sector
  • NGOs

The PDP program includes two key components: competitive grants awarded at the regional level for the development of training curricula, outreach efforts, communications projects and similar work, and a network of state coordinators, working part-time for SARE in each state and island protectorate, who hold workshops and field days to share sustainable practices and research results, provide travel scholarships for ag professionals to attend training events, and generally serve as sustainable agriculture resources in their state.

Professional Development Program Grants

To learn more about PDP competitive grant opportunities and the application process, click here.

SARE State Coordinators

To find your state coordinator and the resources they have available in the North Central Region, click here.