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USDA Funds Conservation Innovation in Connecticut and Nationally Through On-Farm

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced they are awarding $25 million in grants designed to help partners implement and evaluate innovative conservation practices that have demonstrated benefits on farmland.

 

The funding is provided through On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a component of the Conservation Innovation Grants Program first authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.

 

“On-Farm Trials help producers improve the resiliency of their operations while at the same time helping NRCS build data to show the benefit of innovative conservation systems and practices applied on the land,” said Connecticut NRCS State Conservationist Thomas L. Morgart.

 

On-Farm Trials awardees work with NRCS and farmers and ranchers to implement innovative practices and systems on their lands that have not yet been widely adopted by producers. Awardees are required to evaluate the conservation and economic outcomes from these practices and systems, giving partners, producers and NRCS critical information to inform conservation work in the future.

 

Nationwide, 14 projects are receiving On-Farm Trials awards, including six under the banner of the Soil Health Demonstration Trial. Included in those six is a project by the American Farmland Trust who will utilize more than $2.5 million to stimulate the adoption of various soil health practices by involving farms in a coast-to-coast Soil Health Demonstration Project exhibiting regionally appropriate soil health strategies across three regions covering seven states and six cropping systems. Through soil sampling, in-field assessment, and crop management protocols, the American Farmland Trust will track the short-term soil, economic, and social changes occurring as farms transition to full soil health management systems. States involved are Connecticut, California, New York, Massachusetts, Kentucky, and Washington.

 

To learn more, visit the On-Farm Trials website