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NRCS Offering Grants to Develop Agricultural Practices to Help Farmers, Ranchers Adapt to Drought

Denise Adkins, Resource Conservationist
(208) 685-6991

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Alexis Collins, Public Affairs Specialist - 208.685.6978

Conservation Innovation Grant programBoise, Idaho, Aug. 17, 2012 – Up to $5 million in grants are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to evaluate and demonstrate agricultural practices that help farmers and ranchers adapt to drought. NRCS is taking applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to help producers build resiliency into their production systems so they can adapt to climatic extremes, such as the current drought impacting the nation.

NRCS is offering the grants to partnering entities to evaluate innovative, field-based conservation technologies and approaches. These technologies and/or approaches should lead to improvements such as enhancing the water-holding capacity in soils and installing drought-tolerant grazing systems, which will help farms and ranches become more resilient to drought.

Grant applications are due Oct. 15, 2012. Private individuals, Tribes, local and state governments and non-governmental organizations can apply.

Funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process for projects lasting for one to three years. Apply electronically at or contact the NRCS National CIG office at (703) 235-8065.

View the complete Announcement of Program Funding at or



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