Kansas CIG Awards

Conservation Innovation Grants
Kansas Component Project Awards

Kansas-funded CIG projects - Fiscal Year 2006 to Present
Entity Fiscal Year of Award Funding Approved Project Title Brief Synopsis
Kansas State University 2006 $50,000 Development and Demonstration of a Phosphate Recovery Device that is Economical for CAFOs Design and build a pilot-scale facility to remove phosphate from the liquid effluent of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) manure waste that has been digested either in an anaerobic digester or in an open lagoon. Using wastewater from a participating Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) producer, the system will be optimized for phosphate recovery, minimizing the energy and raw material inputs to maximize economic payoff.
Agriment Services, Inc. 2006 $50,000 Anaerobic Lagoon Biological Enhancement Program Perform sludge removal for anaerobic lagoon systems by using an on-site "in place" bioremediation process using available bio-products in combination with compressed air diffusers. This method, although not used in Kansas, has been proven to be an environmentally safe and cost-effective technology to accomplish closure of inactive lagoons and for the management of sludge levels as required for routine lagoon maintenance.
Kansas Association of Wheat Growers 2007 $50,000 Kansas Wheat Biomass Toolkit If a celluosic ethanol industry is to grow and prosper in Kansas, producers need to have information available to make informed decisions about residue removal from their cropland. Kansas Wheat will develop a producer decision tool, which will assist producers in evaluating how much residue could profitably and feasibly be removed from the land while protecting the land from erosion and provide an estimated value for that residue. The tool will take into consideration producer-level practices specific to his/her farm and will contain three main objective areas, including resource assessment, transportation and logistics, and producer outreach and marketing.
Flint Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area, Inc. 2007 $41,150 Brine Site Remediation Demonstration Project Brine sites are caused by saltwater leaking or being released onto the soil from a pipeline or containment facility. The high salt level kills existing vegetation and causes the site to remain unvegetated and/or unproductive and erosive. This project will demonstrate how remediation of these sites can improve the soil condition, reduce the salinity of the soil, reduce erosion, and improve productivity of the site.
Kansas Livestock Foundation 2010 $990,000 Phosphorus Reduction Research and Development Expand the range of use of the Phred phosphorus reduction system (e.g. for other species), improve system efficiency, increase system flexibility, and expand understanding of the struvite byproduct characteristics.
Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development 2011 $19,380 Integration of Cover Crops and Livestock Grazing into a No-till System To demonstrate how cover crops can be utilized to improve soil health, reduce cropland erosion, sequester carbon, improve water quality, reduce on-farm energy consumption, and increase on-farm income through livestock mob grazing.
Solomon Valley Resource Conservation & Development 2011 $47,600 Cactus and Ethnic Vegetable Production in Seasonal High Tunnel Systems The purpose of this project is to grow and market Nopal cactus/summer vegetable rotation from a seasonal high tunnel system and provide program outreach to Hispanic and historically underserved farmers and ranchers.
Kansas State University 2013 $50,000 Ephemeral Gully Assessment and Adoption of Preventive Measures to Reduce Erosion in Cultivated Croplands To demonstrate new strategies to reduce sediment transport from cultivated croplands by 1) controlling ephemeral gully erosion using new scientific and implementation methods to target specific fields vulnerable for sediment loss through concentrated flows and 2) adopting ephemeral gully-targeted best management practices.
Kansas State University 2013 $49,998 Soil Health and Water Use: Effects of Cover Crops in Producer-owned Crop Rotations To quantify the effect of cover crops in common cropping systems of Kansas, and the effects of cover crops on enhancing soil health, as well as the effect on subsequent crops and soil water dynamics throughout the entire year.
Nicodemus Educational Camp 2013 $4,500 Nicodemus Educational Camp The purpose of this grant is to improve and promote conservation on private lands in the state of Kansas. This grant will increase outreach opportunities across the state by promoting conservation and agriculture to high school youth. Nicodemus Educational Camps will provide a one-week residential summer camp program for low income and under-represented inner city youth. Part of the week is provided at Kansas State University (KSU) and has the objective of providing education on agriculture, sustainability, and gardening. The remainder of the week is spent in experiential activities that reinforce the lessons provided at KSU. This camp gives children ages 10-17 an experience in an agricultural setting and promotes conservation.