Youth sustainable ag grants available

Youth sustainable ag grants available Grants of $250 each are available to help youths in grades K-12 take part in sustainable agriculture programs.

South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Associate Brad Ruden, interim South Dakota/North Dakota coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program, said the funding is available under a pilot project this winter. Funds for the project are provided through the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR SARE) Program.

Projects that could be funded include production of sustainable plants or animals for market, sustainable farming and ranching systems, case studies of individuals or groups implementing sustainable agricultural practices, and video or digital photo libraries of different farming or marketing practices.

Applications are due by March 10 to Brad Brummond, Extension agent/Walsh County, 101 County Road 12B, Park River ND 58270-4131. If submitting by e-mail, put "Youth SARE Application" in the subject line and mail to Brummond serves on the NCR SARE Administrative Council.

Get application information from Brummond or from Brad Ruden, SD/ND SARE Coordinator, 241 Ag Hall, Box 2207A, South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, 57007-1096. Or call Brummond at (701) 284-6624, or Ruden at (605) 688-4596, for more information.

Ruden said the application must include a signed letter of parental support, as well as a short overview of the project (200 words maximum).

If you're a student in grades K-12 and wish to apply, include in your overview what problem you want to address, why you are interested in sustainable agriculture, how the project enhances your educational goals, and how you will address the problem. Also tell how you would prepare the material for the project, how you would report the results to others, and whether there are similar projects in the sustainable agriculture arena from which you can obtain information to help guide your project.

A state committee ranks and selects projects for funding, Ruden said. Projects must be completed within one year, after which the person with the project submits a short report. One project from each state will be chosen to compete in the region to determine a north central regional winner, who will go on to present the report at a national Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education meeting.

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