UT Awarded FY 2013 Grants to Help Farmers Adapt to Drought
The University of Tennessee has received $700,000 in grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help fund research into drought-tolerant grass fed to beef cattle and improved irrigation methods. The grants were provided as part of 13 awards announced by USDA Secretary Vilsack under the Conservation Innovation Grant program.
Heat and dry weather set records in Tennessee in 2012. This research is expected to help farmers cope with future drought and changing climate conditions. The grant awarded for irrigation research will take place at the UT Research Center in Jackson, Tennessee. The research on drought-tolerant grass will be done in a number of states.
The Tennessee contact for CIG is:
Assistant State Conservationist for Programs