Farmers, ranchers, and agricultural professionals are eligible for funding from the USDA's Western Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program.

Grant recipients are eligible for up to $15,000 as individuals and for $30,000 for groups of three or more working together on a project, according to Western SARE representatives at the University of California Davis.

”Funding can be requested for research into production practices, business development, and marketing alternatives,” said David Chaney, education coordinator for the University of California's SARE program and the Western Region SARE representative. “We want to alert growers and ranchers in the West that Dec. 6 is the deadline for these very useful grants.”

Dec. 6 is also the deadline for “Professional + Producer” grant proposals. Under the grants, agricultural professionals such as UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) educators or Natural Resources Conservation Service employees coordinate the projects with farmers or ranchers serving an advisory role. tion in California's San Joaquin Valley”. Calls for proposals are available at http://wsare.usu.edu or by calling the Western SARE office at Utah State University at (435) 797-2257‥