Sustainable Development is "development that meets the needs of
the present without compromising the ability of future generations
to meet their own needs" (as defined by the 1987 World
Commission on Environment and Development)
Sustainability-related grant opportunities are periodically available.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture Sustainable Ag Demonstration
Grant Program - up to $25000 available for individuals or groups to
undertake sustainable agricultural research or demonstration
projects. This is a competitive grant program, intended "fund
practices that promote environmental stewardship and conservation
of resources as well as improve profitability and quality of life on
farms and in rural areas."
Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative Grants -
funded by the USDA / NIFA. OREI offers funding to "projects that
will enhance the ability of producers and processors who have already
adopted organic standards to grow and market high quality organic
agricultural products. Priority concerns include biological, physical,
and social sciences, including economics."
Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) farmer /
rancher grants - funded through the USDA Coop. State Research,
Education and Extension Service. Competitive research projects
involving on-farm research, demonstration, and education projects
are funded up to $7,500 (individuals), $15,000 (partner) or $22,500
(groups). Topics have included pest and disease management,
livestock production, marketing, soil quality, waste management,
water quality, crop production, and more.
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