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Iowa NRCS Announces Funding for 2013 Conservation Innovation Grants

Paul Goldsmith

Des Moines, Iowa, Feb. 28, 2013 – USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) State Conservationist Jay Mar announced today $800,000 available funding through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program in Iowa.

The purpose of the CIG program is to develop and adopt innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG provides farmers the opportunity to address some of Iowa’s most pressing natural resource conservation needs through innovative measures.

Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address one or more of the following natural resource concerns: soil health/quality, nutrient management strategies, grassland management, drought mitigation, or technology related to establishing cover crops.

Applicants must be a non-governmental organization, a private business or individual, a federally recognized Indian Tribe, or state or local unit of government. Project proposals will be evaluated with the assistance of the State Technical Committee.

Selected applicants may receive up to 50 percent of the total project cost, not to exceed $75,000. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost, of which up to 25 percent of the total project cost may be from in-kind contributions.

Applications are due in the Iowa NRCS State Office by May 3, 2013.

If you are interested in applying online, visit Applications can also be submitted by email to Paul Goldsmith at Application materials are available on the Iowa NRCS website.

For information about the National CIG program, visit


Paul Goldsmith, CIG Program Coordinator
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
210 Walnut Street, Room 693
Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-4353
FAX: 515-284-4394