Grants of up to $6,000 to USA educators in multiple states to teach youth about agriculture. Consideration will be given to projects that inspire youth to engage with sustainable practices and view sustainable agriculture as a viable career option. Proposals that involve farmers or ranchers or youth from historically underserved populations are encouraged. The 12 states of North Central Region-SARE include Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

NCR-SARE recognizes that youth programs are a way to introduce new and exciting farming and ranching options to youth, parents, and community members. The Youth Educator program provides opportunities for youth to learn about Sustainable Agriculture (farming and ranching that is ecologically sound, profitable, and socially responsible). 

Successful proposals:

  1. Clearly explain how youth will learn about sustainable agriculture concepts, practices, and careers. Proposals are specific and let reviewers know which sustainable agriculture concepts, practices, and career options will be taught and how.
  2. Involve farmers and ranchers in planning the project and teaching and explain their involvement.
  3. Emphasize collaboration with others who can assist with outreach as well as project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Cooperators may include educators, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, and staff from Extension, Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), local or state nonprofit groups, and others.
  4. Share project results with other educators through field days, presentations, posters, publications, social media, videos, websites, workshops, and more.

For sample project ideas, see