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Kansas Project Receives Grant to Advance Natural Resources

SALINA, Kansas, August 4, 2020—Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Kansas Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) award recipient.  The funding is available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) NRCS CIG program.

CIG awards are intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies (in conjunction with agricultural production) while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection.  Projects must be carried out entirely within Kansas and may be Statewide in scope or focus on a smaller region or watershed.

Karen A. Woodrich, State Conservationist, announced that Kansas State University (KSU) was awarded a CIG grant this year.  “Advancing soil health research, specifically related to Kansas, is critical,” said Woodrich.  “We have had great success with previous CIG awards, and we look forward to working with Kansas State University.” 

KSU will receive $75,000 to help increase water quality and enhance soil health through the selection of winter cereal cover crop species. 

CIG provides applicants the opportunity to address some of Kansas’ most pressing natural resource concerns through innovative measures.  Funding for CIG comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), part of the 2018 Farm Bill.  At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds.


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