GRIFFIN, Georgia – The Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program will be offering a free webinar this summer discussing its Producer Grants program.
“Testing Sustainable Ag Ideas on the Farm” is designed for farmers, ranchers and farmer groups in the Southern region interested in sustainable agriculture research to learn more about SSARE’s Producer Grants. These grants are a funding opportunity for farmers in the Southern region to test sustainable agriculture ideas on their farm by conducting research projects.
The 60-minute Power Point webinar session, including a Q&A, will be held on two dates: June 16 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST, and August 18 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST.
Farmers may register for either webinar session at the following link: https://forms.gle/uWengWwQfzaAdSHb6
While the Producer Grants are strictly for farmers/ranchers and farmer groups, ag professionals and other interested individuals/groups may also attend to learn more about the Producer Grant process and share the information with their audiences.
Registrants will receive a Zoom invite via email. The webinar will be recorded and posted to the Southern SARE website at a later date for those who are unable to attend.
The webinar will cover the following topics:
- An overview of the SSARE program (who we are and what we do);
- Basic information on Producer Grants (qualification requirements and selecting a research topic);
- Details of the Call for Proposals covering each section of the Call, including setting up a research project, budgets and outreach;
- How a proposal is reviewed and why proposals are rejected;
- Tips for writing a strong proposal; and
- Step-by-step instructions for submitting a proposal to SSARE’s online submission system.
Recognizing the value and importance of on-the-farm, producer experience in developing solutions to agricultural production challenges, the SSARE Producer Grant program was established in 1994 to give farmers the opportunity to conduct their own research projects. The goal of the grant program is for farmers/ranchers to conduct sustainable ag projects to solve challenges and problems they face, and develop information on what works and doesn’t work so that other farmers and ranchers facing those same problems can benefit from the results of the funded project.
SSARE’s Producer Grant Call for Proposals opens in September 2021 with proposals selected for funding in February 2022.
For more information on the Producer Grant webinar, contact Producer Grant manager Candace Pollock-Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-412-4786.