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Oregon NRCS is Now Accepting Proposals for this Year’s Conservation Innovation Grant

Applications due no later than May 16, 2014


Release No. 2014.3.008

Todd Peplin, NRCS Farm Bill Specialist

Sara Magenheimer, State Public Affairs Officer

Portland, Ore. (Mar. 21, 2014) – The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced that up to $160,000 of funding is available in Oregon for eligible individuals, local and state governments, non-governmental organizations, and tribes through the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. The deadline to submit an application for CIG is May 16, 2014.

In conjunction with agricultural production, CIG is intended to support the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies.  Projects must be within Oregon and may be area based or state-wide in scope.

“CIG is an integral part of our overall conservation strategy in Oregon”, said NRCS State Conservationist, Ron Alvarado. “The innovations and technologies developed from CIG have helped farmers and ranchers address  their critical resource issues and helped improve the sustainability of their operations.”

The CIG proposal must involve Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) eligible producers and should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address a natural resource concern. These resource concerns must fit into one of the following sub-categories:  energy, air quality and atmospheric change, water quality or quantity, plant health/vigor, soil quality, and wildlife habitat. CIG does not fund research projects. Eligible applicants submitting proposals for the Oregon CIG may request up to, $75,000 of matching federal funds. Applicants must match the USDA funds awarded on a dollar-for-dollar basis from non-Federal sources with cash and in-kind contributions.

Since 2009, the Oregon CIG program has awarded over one million dollars in competitive grants. Projects include designs, inventories, management practices and eco-market approaches on various landscapes. A full listing of recent Oregon CIG projects can be viewed online at:

Additional information about the FY 2014 CIG is provided in the Oregon CIG Announcement of Program Funding, available online at.

Oregon CIG grant application materials are available on at: the Oregon NRCS web site at:

Complete application packet must be received by 4:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST) on May 16, 2014, either through or by mail to:

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Program Manager
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 900
Portland, OR 97232

Applicants who have questions regarding the application process should contact the CIG Program Manager, Todd Peplin, at 503-414-3292, or by e-mail at



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