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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting Applications through Feb.15, 2013


NEWS RELEASE
United States Department of Agriculture • Natural Resources Conservation Service
100 USDA, Suite 206, Stillwater, OK  74074-2655 • (405) 742-1204 • www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov

 

Contact:       Kenneth L. Hitch
Resource Conservationist – Programs
(405) 742�1208

January 15, 2013

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting Applications through Feb. 15,
2013, for the Conservation Innovation Grant – Greenhouse Gas project in Oklahoma

Stillwater, OK – Agricultural producers in 6 Oklahoma counties who agree to implement conservation
practices under the new Environmental Quality Incentives Program Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Initiative
have until February 15, 2013 to submit applications for financial assistance.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Delta Institute,
Oklahoma State University, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, is making funds available to
promote innovative nutrient management practices and whole-farm accounting technologies as part of
a
3-state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). The funding is available for farmers in Blaine,
Canadian, Grant, Harmon, Jackson, and Major counties. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA
NRCS field service center.

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance for implementing the core
practice of Nutrient Management as well as supporting conservation practices to reduce GHG
emissions associated with farming operations in the selected counties. Land and producer
eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met to
participate. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

The main focus for the CIG project is to lower on-farm emissions through increased nutrient use
efficiency. The goals of the project include encouraging improved nutrient management practices,
such as nitrogen-rich strips, developing data for estimating GHG emission reductions, field testing
GHG-reducing practices and producing user-friendly technology to help farmers access environmental
markets. Priority applicants will work with the Chicago-based Delta Institute to create management
scenarios based on
basic field data such as planting, fertilizer, irrigation, harvest, and tillage practices using
COMET-FARM, a secure online tool developed by USDA and Colorado State University. Applicants who
choose to work with Delta Institute to calculate nitrous oxide (N2O) emission reductions may be
eligible for additional payments through a voluntary credit trading program.

All the core and supporting practices, including nutrient management, cover crops, crop rotations,
and continuous no-till are designed to produce multiple benefits for farmers including improved
soil health and reduced erosion. Additional information about the EQIP GHG Initiative and the CIG
project is available at http://www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/index.html. For application
procedures contact your local NRCS field Office.
NEWS RELEASE
United States Department of Agriculture • Natural Resources Conservation Service
100 USDA, Suite 206, Stillwater, OK 74074-2655 • (405) 742-1204 • www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov

 

Contact: Kenneth L. Hitch
Resource Conservationist – Programs
(405) 742�1208

January 15, 2013

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Accepting Applications through Feb. 15,
2013, for the Conservation Innovation Grant – Greenhouse Gas project in Oklahoma

Stillwater, OK – Agricultural producers in 6 Oklahoma counties who agree to implement conservation
practices under the new Environmental Quality Incentives Program Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Initiative
have until February 15, 2013 to submit applications for financial assistance.

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with Delta Institute,
Oklahoma State University, and the Oklahoma Conservation Commission, is making funds available to
promote innovative nutrient management practices and whole-farm accounting technologies as part of
a
3-state Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). The funding is available for farmers in Blaine,
Canadian, Grant, Harmon, Jackson, and Major counties. Applicants can sign up at their local USDA
NRCS field service center.

Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives
Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide technical and financial assistance for implementing the core
practice of Nutrient Management as well as supporting conservation practices to reduce GHG
emissions associated with farming operations in the selected counties. Land and producer
eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation must be met to
participate. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

The main focus for the CIG project is to lower on-farm emissions through increased nutrient use
efficiency. The goals of the project include encouraging improved nutrient management practices,
such as nitrogen-rich strips, developing data for estimating GHG emission reductions, field testing
GHG-reducing practices and producing user-friendly technology to help farmers access environmental
markets. Priority applicants will work with the Chicago-based Delta Institute to create management
scenarios based on
basic field data such as planting, fertilizer, irrigation, harvest, and tillage practices using
COMET-FARM, a secure online tool developed by USDA and Colorado State University. Applicants who
choose to work with Delta Institute to calculate nitrous oxide (N2O) emission reductions may be
eligible for additional payments through a voluntary credit trading program.

All the core and supporting practices, including nutrient management, cover crops, crop rotations,
and continuous no-till are designed to produce multiple benefits for farmers including improved
soil health and reduced erosion. Additional information about the EQIP GHG Initiative and the CIG
project is available at http://www.ok.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/eqip/index.html. For application
procedures contact your local NRCS field Office.