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NRCS Announces Recipients of State-Level Conservation Innovation Grants in Arkansas

Little Rock, AR – Sept. 11, 2013 - Mike Sullivan, Arkansas state conservationist for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), announced the winning proposals funded for 2013 Arkansas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).

"CIG invests in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches, with the eventual goal of wide-scale NRCS adoption to address water quality and quantity, air quality, energy conservation, and environmental markets, among other natural resource issues," Sullivan said.

Entities receiving the state-level grants are:

  • East Arkansas Enterprise Community, Inc.: A grant of $60,000 to support the adoption of low-cost drip irrigation systems and high tunnels in the production of alternative vegetable crops among beginning, socially-disadvantaged and limited resource farmers in Crittenden, Cross, Lee, Lonoke, Monroe, Phillips, St. Francis, Prairie and Woodruff counties.
  • Arkansas State University: A grant of $75,000 to evaluate and characterize water quality in tailwater recovery systems associated with row crop agriculture. The project is planned for the Cache River area around Otwell, Ark.

NRCS administers CIGs as part of the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  Grants are awarded to state and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals.

Grant awardees must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost.  Of the non-federal matching funds, a minimum of 25 percent must be from cash contributions; the remaining 25 percent may come from in-kind contribution.

For more on this grant program, visit the Conservation Innovation Grants webpage or contact your local NRCS office. To locate a local field office, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/main/national/contact/local.