The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Arkansas has announced the winning proposals funded for 2023 for Arkansas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).
Reginald L. Jackson, State Public Affairs Specialist
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NRCS Announces Recipients of State-Level Conservation Innovation Grants
LITTLE ROCK, AR, October 12, 2023 – The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Arkansas has announced the winning proposals funded for 2023 for Arkansas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).
“Conservation Innovation Grants invest in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches, with the eventual goal of wide-scale NRCS adoption to address water quality and quantity, air quality, energy conservation, and environmental markets, among other natural resource issues,” Mike Sullivan, Arkansas NRCS state conservationist, said. “We are excited to announce the approval of three Conservation Innovation Grants.”
The Entities receiving the state-level grants are:
- Delta Conservation.:
Developing Water-Efficient Regenerative Organic System of Rice Intensification
in the Greater Mississippi Delta Region
- Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center:
Effects of Set-Aside Practices on Soil Health
- Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas:
Economic Budget Calculator for Conservation Practices: Producer Education
NRCS administers CIGs as part of the agency's Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Grants are awarded to state and local governments, federally recognized Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Grant awardees must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50 percent of the project cost. Of the non-federal matching funds, a minimum of 25 percent must be from cash contributions, the remaining 25 percent may come from in-kind contributions.
For more on this grant program, visit USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants webpage at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig/
or contact your local NRCS office. To locate a local field office, visit https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/conservation-basics/conservation-by-state/arkansas.