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USDA Seeks Michigan Applicants for Conservation Innovations Grants

Brian Buehler

EAST LANSING, Feb. 8, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking grant proposals for up to $75,000 for innovative approaches and technologies to improve conservation on agricultural land and private forests in Michigan.

“Conservation Innovation Grants have an impressive track record of fostering innovative conservation tools and strategies nationally, and in Michigan,” said USDA State Conservationist Garry Lee.

Proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants must be submitted through the website by April 13, 2018. Individuals, businesses, local governments, non-profit organizations, colleges and universities and American Indian tribes are eligible to submit proposals. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has $225,000 available to fund grant proposals in Michigan.

Michigan priorities for 2018 Conservation Innovation Grants include; grazing lands, organic agriculture systems, soil health, water quality and water quantity. Administered through NRCS, Conservation Innovations Grants are designed to focus on innovative conservation projects that promote science-based solutions to benefit both producers and the environment. Projects may be approaches to incentivizing conservation adoption or innovative conservation technologies and practices but not research. NRCS will accept proposals for single or multiyear projects, not to exceed three years, submitted by eligible applicants for projects located in Michigan.

For more information visit the NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant web page at