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SARE Professional Development Program

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The USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Professional Development Program (PDP) first received funding from the U.S. Congress in 1994. The SARE PDP is designed to help Extension, Conservation Districts, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and other agricultural professionals increase their ability to respond to the needs of farmers, ranchers, and the public regarding sustainable agriculture concepts and systems.

In Washington State, SARE PDP is part of WSU’s Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR).  The goal of our professional development program is to help WSU Extension, CDs, NRCS, and other agency personnel to gain knowledge and skills that will help them serve their constituents in these areas to promote the health of Washington’s people, land, and communities.

The state coordinator for the program is Tara Zimmerman and the PDP faculty committee includes representatives from across Washington and across CSANR program areas. The CSANR Advisory Committee, made up of individuals from various sectors of Washington’s diverse agriculture, provide external advice and guidance to CSANR and the professional development program coordinator and faculty committee.

2020 Request for Proposals:

Proposals are being accepted for two types of grants: 1) attending an event for professional development that supports work related to agricultural sustainability ($1000 max), and 2) hosting an event for an agricultural professional audience that supports work related to agricultural sustainability ($5000 max).

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to submit proposals well ahead of event dates. For attending grants, proposals are requested at least four weeks in advance. For hosting grants, proposals are requested at least six weeks in advance.

Based on survey data from 2019, the RFP has been completely revised. Please read carefully and follow instructions.

For more information please contact Chad Kruger 509-335-4605

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2020 Request for Proposals (PDF)