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Kansas Projects Receive Grants to Advance Natural Resources

Sharonte Williams

Salina, Kansas, October 8, 2019—Kansas received more than $400,000 to develop and advance natural resources conservation within the State. The funding is made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program, which are administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

The CIG program provides applicants the opportunity to address some of Kansas’ most pressing natural resource conservation needs through innovative measures. Funding for CIG comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which is part of the 2018 Farm Bill. In addition, at least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from nonfederal matching funds.

Karen A. Woodrich, Kansas NRCS State Conservationist, announced that funding was awarded for six CIG projects this year. “This year’s projects are truly outstanding,” said Woodrich. “We've had great success with previous CIG awards, and we look forward to working with this year's recipients.”

A total of six grants were awarded through the CIG program to Kansas State University for the projects listed below:

  • Developing Best Management Practices (BMPs) for cover crops to improve soil health in dryland systems in western Kansas
  • Developing a web-based tool for identifying and measuring soil, plant, and residue cover in images of agricultural fields
  • Effects of soil quality and grazing on nutrient availability for grassland birds
  • Improving soil health, weed management and profitability with cover crops and precision conservation systems in southeast Kansas
  • Linking microbial functional diversity to soil health and ecosystem services: A novel approach to evaluating cover crops and phosphorus fertilizer in a no-till corn-soybean system
  • Aerial seeding of cover crops to improve soil health in irrigated crop production in southwest Kansas

For more information on CIG projects in Kansas, please visit the Kansas NRCS website.