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2010 Conservation Innovation Grant Awards

Updated: 08/12/2010

Below is a list of the Fiscal Year 2010 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) National Component awardees. The information includes the State(s) in which the project will be carried out, the total amount of NRCS funding provided, and the project title.

Multi-State Projects

Entity

Title of Proposal

Federal Funds Requested

Project Location

National Association of RC&D

Energy conservation outreach and technology transfer to socially disadvantaged farmers and Indian tribes

$246,712

AL, AZ, GA, HI, TX

National Wild Turkey Federation

Natives of the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem

$99,300

AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Integrating Sustainable and Organic Agriculture into NRCS Programs

$502,659

AR, CA, FL, IA, KS, MN, MT, NE, PA, VA, WI

Dairy Science Institute, Inc dba Dairy Research Institute

Farm energy audit data collector training program

$225,000

AR, CA, GA, MI, NM, NY, OK, PA, SD, UT

Xerces Society, Inc

Increasing the seed availability of less common milkweed species to benefit Monarch butterflies and other pollinators

$117,983

AZ, CA, FL, NV, NM, TX

Environmental Defense Fund, Inc

Development of Protocols and Accounting Methods for Carbon Sequestration on US Rangelands

$638,793

CA, CO, ID, MT, OK, TX

Wild Farm Alliance

Co-managing for Food Safety and Conservation Objectives in Specialty Crops: Preparing NRCS Conservationists and Technical Service Providers to Address New Challenges

$140,000

CA, FL, NY

Montana State University

Innovative conservation approaches to invasive plant management in the Missouri River Watershed-From prevention to control to biomass utilization/biofuel generation

$1,000,000

CO, MT, NE, ND, SD, WY

New England Farmers Union Educational Foundation

Developing stakeholder-driven, scientifically-based opportunities for New England farmers to participate in carbon offset markets

$202,799

CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT

The Forest Guild

Promoting Adoption of Innovative Conservation Practices for Sustainable Forest Biomass Harvesting

$147,057

CT, ME, MA, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VT

World Resource Institute

Building an online multistate water quality trading platform and carbon estimation tool for the Chesapeake Bay watershed

$600,000

DE, MD, PA, VA, WV

Manure Energy Research Corp

Cropland loading reduction through pyrolytic nutrient conversion

$400,000

DE, MD, VA

University of Guam

Carbon and nutrient pools and fluxes in Guam and CNMI; filling the information void

$182,000

Guam, Rota, Tinian, and Saipan

Center for Rural Affairs

Women caring for the land

$128,594

IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI

Fermentation Experts, Inc

Fermented liquid feeding to reduce phosphorous in swine manure

$492,579

IA, KS, MN, NE, SD, WI

Cornell University

Precise nitrogen management for corn production: Mitigating environmental nitrogen losses and adapting to climate change

$284,444

IA, NY, PA

American Bird Conservancy

Integrating Management for Forest Health and Cavity-Nesting Bird Conservation in Ponderosa Pine Forests

$83,000

ID, MT, OR, WA

The Longleaf Alliance, Inc

Native understory restoration in longleaf pine ecosystems

$189,000

LA, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, SC, TX, VA,



Single-State Projects

Entity

Title of Proposal

Federal Funds Requested

Project Location

Arkansas Land & Farm Development Corporation

Conservation Outreach and Assistance to Disadvantaged Arkansas Farmers

$328,865

AR

East Arkansas Enterprise Community

Outreach Strategies for beginning Farmers, Socially Disadvantage Farmers and Limited Resource Farmer to implement Best Management Practices (BMP) for nutrient control in the Mississippi River Basin

$60,000

AR

Pollinator Partnership

Holistic restoration techniques for native wood-nesting bees: A test of novel habitat development approach

$82,425

AZ

Agriculture & Land-Based Training Association

Advancing Conservation Innovation among Beginning and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers

$120,000

CA

California Land Stewardship Institute

Resolving the Water Crisis in the Russian River Watershed, CA: Demonstrating how Grape growers can Monitor Streamflow and Implement Irrigation Water Management Plans to Benefit Listed Salmonids.

$142,000

CA

Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Transfer of innovative conservation technology to beginning, limited resource and small-scale central coast growers in California

$50,000

CA

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Restoration of flow benefits salmonids and other aquatic species through provision of innovative water management tools through ecosystem markets for agricultural producers

$384,000

CA

The Regents of the University of California, Davis

Development and Validation of Protocols for Assessing Functioning of Pollinator Habitat Plantings for Agricultural Settings

$343,884

CA

Western United Dairymen

Water balance approach for seepage measurements from liquid dairy manure storage ponds

$111,692

CA

Meridian Institute

Council on Sustainable Biomass Production: A comprehensive standard and national certification program for sustainable production of cellulosic biomass and bioenergy.

$750,000

CO

Island Paradise Aquaponics, LLC

Installation of creative aquaponic farming system that functions in any soil conditions, saves energy, conserve water, conserve fertilizer input and maximize land usage

$100,000

HI

Iowa County Soil and Water Conservation District

Integration of vegetative practices, sediment basins and alternative tile intakes with risk assessment tools to manage and optimize nutrient loads in Clear Creek, Iowa watershed

$167,910

IA

Iowa Heartland RC&D

Project find and assist: A replicable public/private partnership to identify, reach out, and connect traditionally-underserved EQIP eligible small-scale farm owners with conservation services and programs

$25,000

IA

Missouri & Mississippi Divide RC&D

Showing The Unseen-MRBI outreach animation videos for EQIP water management practices

$42,953

IA

American Farmland Trust

A multi-faceted approach to achieving nutrient reductions in the Upper Salt Fork in Champaign County, Illinois

$524,970

IL

The Wetlands Initiative

MRBI Big Bureau Creek Targeted Subwatershed Project: Producer Communication & Outreach Program

$60,000

IL

Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Indiana on-farm network-nutrient management

$450,000

IN

Purdue University

Adaptive management to increase adoption rates of emerging nutriet management and load reduction practices

$118,357

IN

Louisiana State University Agricultural Center

Use of crop residue as biochar soil amendment to reduce greenhouse gas emission, enhance soil carbon sequestration, and improve water quality in sugarcane and rice production

$503,954

LA

Michael Robichaux for Frank Martin Farms, Inc

Development and testing of sugarcane post-harvest crop residue management tool in poorly-drained, clayey soils of South Louisiana

$8,000

LA

Chester River Association

Upper Chester Conservation Initiative

$300,000

MD

Maryland Department of Agriculture

To utilize an on farm nutrient assessment and BMP credit calculation tool developed to facilitate ecosystem market trading for inventorying farmers voluntary conservation practices

$264,700

MD

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Gypsum Curtains: Reducing soluble phosphorous (P) losses from P-saturated soils on poultry operations

$999,987

MD

Regents of the University of Minnesota

Spatial modeling and collaborative landscape design to improve nutrient management, agricultural productivity, and ecosystem services in the Mississippi River Basin

$209,874

MN

B.F. Smith Foundation - Delta F.A.R.M.

Demonstrating system based approaches to managing and reducing nutrients in support of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative

$434,575

MS

Mississippi State University

Promoting and Demonstrating the Utility of Native Warm Season Grass Based Biofuels and Field Margins for Pollinators, Birds, and Carbon Sequestration

$393,978

MS

Arctic Grayling Recovery Program

Low-head fish screens for fluvial Arctic grayling in the Blue Hole Watershed

$15,000

MT

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Evaluating Sage-grouse and Habitat responses to Sage-grouse Friendly Livestock Grazing Strategies.

$170,000

MT

NC State University

Manure Belt Collection System and Energy Recovery System

$659,655

NC

WNC Communities

Innovative composting for western North Carolina livestock facility

$62,342

NC

International Center for the Preservation of Wild Animals dba The Wilds

A multiple option demonstration, based on life cycle analysis, to transition from a coal-mining past to a CO2 sequestering future through diverse prairie establishment in reclaimed mine land for beginning, limited resource, and marginal farmers/ranchers and landowners

$403,982

OH

Conservation Commission of Oklahoma

Developing high quality carbon offset verification protocols and quantifying water quality improvements of best management practices to ensure the environmental benefits of agricultural
carbon offsets

$303,592

OK

The Pennsylvania State University

Without Carrot or Stick: Promoting BMPs on Small Dairy Farms

$256,960

PA

Genesis Industries LLC

Texas Biomass Sustainable Energy Demonstration Project

$1,000,000

TX

Texas A&M Research Foundation

Adapting to climate change through prescribed fire use and

$89,535

TX

National Audubon Society

Proactive Outreach in Priority Habitats to Engage Landowners in Sustainable, Bird Friendly Conservation Practices

$162,807

VT

The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

Developing Organic Forage Systems that Promote Productivity and Protection of Natural Resources

$43,466

VT

The University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

Digging Deeper: New and Innovative Tools to Improve Nutrient Management of Livestock and Specialty Crop Farms

$99,700

VT

Washington State University

Impact of Anaerobic Digestion on Air Quality in a Community Anaerobic Digester

$531,625

WA

Washington State University

Decision aid tool to enhance adoption of feed management 592 practice standard-feed nutrient management planning economics FNMP

$236,791

WA

Washington State University

An integrated nutrient recovery, Class-A fiber production process, and H2S scrubbing system that works in series with dairy manure anaerobic digesters—farm-scale demonstration on two Washington State

$750,000

WA

Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

Demonstration of Precision Nutrient Management Planning and On-Farm Research Techniques to Optimize Profitability and Reduce Environmental Concerns in the Mississippi River Basin

$143,396

WI

Great Lakes Ag Energy, LLC

Use of a constructed wetland and a mass culture of attached, filamentous algae to compliment methane-digester technology in managing dairy-farm phosphorus runoff

$362,233

WI