Utah's Barnyard Project


Deadline: July 15, 2012



Utah’s Barnyard is an initiative to encourage collaborative effort between livestock, poultry and equine extension agents and specialists. Mini-grants are one of several ventures associated with Utah’s Barnyard. For more information visit


Goals of the Mini­Grant Program

1.   To demonstrate advances in livestock, poultry and equine science on the farm.

2.   To promote the use of new, innovative discoveries on the farm.

3.   To document the impacts from change associated with increased understanding.


Who can apply for funds?

Utah State University Extension personnel may apply for projects on county, multi?county, or regional (within state) levels. Extension agents and specialists are required to collaborate on projects. There should be at least one specialist and one agent on each grant (not limited to one each).


Types of Projects Funded

Proposals must incorporate livestock, poultry or equine advances into education, demonstration, and/or professional development projects. Proposals strictly for research may be funded.


Applicants may develop a project that provides an on?site demonstration and/or train?the?trainer workshops on how specific animal science advances can be used to solve management problems or enhance the profitability opportunities regarding livestock, poultry, or equine production.


Length of Funding Period

Project duration is one year (September 2012 late August 2013) and all funds should be spent by the project end date. Although some projects may require multiple years of funding, a new proposal (and reports) must be submitted each year. Subsequent funding of multi?year projects is contingent upon submission of a satisfactory report from the previous year and demonstration of adequate progress.


Funding Information

A total of $5,000 is available from USU extension’s Barnyard Project. Funds can be used for the following:

·       Technicians (hourly wages)

·       Supplies

·       Travel (including travel to professional meetings to present results)

·       Development and dissemination of educational materials.

·       Successful grants will be in the $500 to $1,000 range.


Project Expectations

    Successful completed projects will include all of the following:

          Educational tools (publications, PowerPoint slideshows, web?based materials, demonstration sites/signage, and other educational resources)

          Distribution of these educational tools to other professionals

          Presentation of project results at a professional meeting as well as USU Annual Extension Conference

          Proper acknowledgement of USU extension and Utah’s Barnyard Project on all materials produced

Proposal Format

Proposals should be brief (maximum of 2 pages) and adhere to the following format:

1.   Title

2.   Project Personnel, which may include:

a.   Project leader (agent or specialists); Proposals must have only one project leader

b.   Project co?leader(s)

c.   Collaborators (specialists, researchers, others)

3.   Justification

a.   include brief statement about the problem this project will address

b.   discuss the importance of this project to your county or region

c.   note the target audience (producers, professionals, etc.) that will be affected

4.   Objectives

5.   Procedures

a.   Describe the working plan/description of methods

b.   Discuss who will perform the duties, including any hired technicians

c.   Include any cooperators (growers, master gardeners, etc.) involved and their commitment

6.   Educational Products (Outputs)

a.   Provide the educational products expected to be produced (PowerPoint, fact sheet, poster, published article, signage, demonstration sites, etc.).

b.   Describe how the outputs will be distributed to other agricultural professionals and stakeholders in the county, region, or state (presentations, field day, workshop, etc.). If creating a demonstration site and/or signage, describe how stakeholders will be exposed to them.

c.   Explain how project results will be presented to peers. All project leaders will be required to present results at two of the following:

i.   One professional meeting

ii.   Extension agriculture agents state meeting

iii.   USU Extension Annual Conference best management practices” session


7.   Evaluation

a.   Describe your plan to measure changes in knowledge and skills of your target audience

(professionals and/or stakeholders) as a result of the project


8.   Project timeline

a.   in a table or list, provide estimated date ranges and what actions will happen in each timeframe

b.   include methods/procedures, production of educational products, and evaluation plans in the timeline

9.   Budget

a.   Provide a detailed budget which includes the following categories:

i.   Technician wages

1.   include hourly rate and total number of hours

 ii.   Supplies

1.   list products and associated costs

2.   include any printing costs under this category

 iii.   Travel

1.   include number of trips, mileage, and reimbursement cost/mile

2.   include costs (where applicable) to present results at a professional meeting

(airfare, hotel, per diem)

iv.   Other


Proposal Deadline/Submission

Email your proposal by July 15, 2012 to: Kerry Rood,


Funding Notification and Project Timeline

Notification of proposal awards will be made by late July. All project expenditures must be completed by the end of July, 2013.


Required Reporting

A final report documenting the project’s results, educational products, and evaluation results will be due to Kerry Rood ( by September 1st, 2013.


A guideline for report submission will be emailed to awarded projects at the end of the granting period.


Contact Information

Please contact Dale Zobell, Kerry Rood, or Mark Nelson if you need assistance with development of project ideas or have any questions about the proposal process.