Montana State University has been selected as the next host institution of Western region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. The Western SARE region encompasses 13 western states, as well as American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Micronesia, and Guam. Beginning in the fall of 2018, MSU will administer four of five grant programs through Western SARE: research and education grants, farmer-rancher grants, professional and producer grants, and graduate student grants. The University of Wyoming will administer Western SARE's professional development grant program. The Western SARE program at MSU will have an annual grant and operational budget of $5.5 million--totaling $27.5 million over five years. Fabian Menalled, professor of weed ecology and integrated pest management in the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences in MSU's College of Agriculture, has been named the Western SARE regional coordinator.
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