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NRCS Accepting Applications through Feb. 15, 2013, for Conservation Innovation Grant – Greenhouse Gas project in Illinois

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Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 15, 2013

NRCS Accepting Applications through Feb. 15, 2013, for Conservation Innovation Grant – Greenhouse Gas project in Illinois

Champaign, IL, Jan. 15, 2013 -- The Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that agricultural producers across Illinois can apply to install conservation practices through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). This new EQIP option uses the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant’s Greenhouse Gas (CIG-GHG) program. NRCS’ Acting Chief reserved $10 million in national EQIP financial assistance funds to support resource concerns and promote carbon sequestration on America’s private lands. Illinois farmers have until Feb. 15, 2013 to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement specific conservation practices for this effort.

The USDA Illinois NRCS will work with two Illinois partners on specific projects. The Delta Institute’s project is “Bringing Greenhouse Gas Benefits to Market: Nutrient Management for Nitrous Oxide.” The Fertilizer Institute’s is the “Smart Nitrogen Application Program Demonstration Project.” Eligible and interested applicants can sign up at their local USDA NRCS field office service center.

The primary focus for these projects is to implement cost-effective projects, field-test GHG-reducing practices, and produce user-friendly technology to help grower’s successfully access carbon markets. The primary conservation practices under evaluation and study are cover crops, nutrient management, and no-till or strip-till management. If funds are available, NRCS will observe a second application deadline of March 15, 2013.

More details about the project and its requirements will be made available and posted on Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

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