Dr. James Farmer at the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has recently been selected to receive a $199,566 grant from the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (NCR-SARE) for the project, “Transitioning Farm and Ranch Land from One Family to Another: Evaluating new Strategies for Profitable Transfers and Sustainable Agriculture Partnerships.”
[Photo: Dr. James Farmer]
“This social science research project will identify best management practices for North Central region programs that help farms without a family successor to continue by transferring to a new owner. Many of these programs are SARE-funded. Findings will increase return on SARE’s investment and initiate pilot program planning in Kansas and Indiana, which have no farm transfer venture as yet. Radio and podcast outreach to farmer audiences will disseminate farmers’ success stories of transitioning to a new owner,” said Dr. Farmer.
This grant was awarded as part of NCR-SARE’s Research and Education Program which is a competitive grant program for researchers and educators involved in projects that explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems. Research and Education projects include a strong outreach component and significant farmer/rancher or other end user involvement from inception of the idea through implementation of the project. NCR-SARE administers each of its grant programs, each with specific priorities, audiences, and timelines. The focus for each of the NCR-SARE grant programs is on research and education.
Funding considerations are made based on how well the applicant articulates the nature of the research and education components of their sustainable agriculture grant proposals.
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 agricultural stakeholders in the region. Council members hail from regional farms and ranches, the Cooperative Extension Service, universities, federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations.