Stewardship Assistance and Restoration on APRs (SARA)

This grant program funds projects for Agricultural Preservation Restriction farms to address stewardship and restoration issues on farmland.

Funding of up to $25,000, with a 15% match, may be available on a cost reimbursement basis for identified improvements that will help restore or enhance the protected land resources on an APR farm property.  

The Program provides funding to pay for approved expenses directly associated with restoration of agricultural land on an APR farm that is inactive through no fault of the current owners/responder(s).  Eligible uses of funds include contracted labor or equipment rental costs to clear land or reclaim inactive fields back to active cropland use such as: removing rocks or stumps, cutting back grown in field edges, or reseeding or applying soil or crop amendments to inactive cropland or pastureland to bring it back into production.  Funding may be also be used to restore farm resources that have been negatively impacted by flooding, erosion, storms, tornadoes and other natural disasters.


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