The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (WSARE) is seeking immediate nominations or self-nominations for a qualified individual to represent non-government organizations involved with underrepresented agriculture groups. There will also be an opening for a second position to represent agri-business (preferably in the processing sector) available in early March 2021.
The Western Region SARE is part of the National Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program administered by the USDA. Created in 1990 this program has a two-fold charge; fund innovative research on agricultural and natural resource sustainability and move that new knowledge directly into the farming/ranching sector.
More information about Western SARE and a list of current Administrative Council Members can be found on our website.
Oversight of research needs, competitive proposal reviews and budget allocation are carried out at the regional level by an Administrative Council. This Council is composed of representatives from federal and state government agencies, producers (2 individuals), NGOs (1), agribusiness (1) and faculty from land grant institutions (1862, 1890 and 1994).
Minimal qualifications: 1) have background knowledge and experience to advocate for sustainable agricultural practices and issues, 2) be available to serve on subcommittees and proposal review panels and 3) be committed to meeting at least twice a year (typically winter and summer) to formulate calls for proposals (CFPs), act on review panel recommendations and provide a vision/leadership in the creation of regionally important research and education targets. Applicants must also have the capacity to work effectively as a team member.
Preferred qualifications: In addition to the minimal qualifications the successful candidate will also have served on one or more Technical Review Panels for WSARE invited proposals.
The term of service is 4 years but members can be re-appointed. Council members who are not salaried employees are offered compensation for their participation in semi-annual Administrative Council meetings and technical review panels (TRPs). Travel expenses also are paid/reimbursed per institution travel policy.
Please send a letter of interest outlining your area of expertise and reasons for wanting to serve on the Western SARE Administrative Council to the Western SARE Program, PO Box 172840, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717-2840 or by email to the Regional Coordinator, Clayton B. Marlow, [email protected]