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Deadline to Apply for Farmer/Rancher Grants on December 4 (November 21, 2013)

The Northern Marianas College’s Cooperative Research, Extension, and Education Service (NMC-CREES) is reminding farmers and ranchers of the CNMI that the deadline to apply for research and education grants is on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.

The Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grants for 2014 is being offered by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (WSARE), a program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture and administered by Utah State University.

With a Farmer/Rancher Research & Education Grant, an agricultural producer with support and guidance from a technical advisor develops a proposal to conduct both research and education on a sustainable agricultural topic incorporating such items as: on-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational outreach and other approaches to assist in producer adoption in an area of sustainable agriculture.

The goal is to achieve results that can be communicated to producers and professionals, and can improve income, the environment, communities and quality of life for all citizens.

Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $15,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Producers typically use their grants to conduct on-site experiments that can improve their operations and the environment and can be shared with other producers. Grant recipients may also focus on marketing and organic production.

Grant proposals are due on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. A technical review will be held in January 2014, and proposals will be selected for funding in March 2014.

For more information, contact Joaquin Deleon Guerrero at NMC-CREES at (670) 237-6840 or visit

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