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USDA Seeks Proposals for Innovative Conservation Projects

Noel Soto

USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is now accepting proposals for up to $75,000 in funding to promote the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in Pennsylvania. 

“The USDA's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program targets new on-the-ground conservation including pilots and field demonstrations and promotes opportunities for technology transfer to producers, communities, governments and other institutions,” says Acting NRCS State Conservationist Hosea Latshaw. “We have provided over $1.1 Million in funding for 19 state projects since 2010, and look forward to working with our partners on the next crop of CIGs to offer Pennsylvania farmers more options for sustainable production methods.”

This year, NRCS is seeking proposals for single or multi-year projects, not to exceed three years, focused on soil health, precision agriculture, wildlife habitat, urban agriculture, and projects benefiting historically underserved producers and veteran farmers.

Individual awards will not exceed $75,000. State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals interested in applying for these competitive grants must submit proposals by 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) April 3, 2017. Those selected will be notified by May 3, 2017.

CIG does not fund research projects but makes an exception for on-farm conservation research as defined in the funding announcement. Projects must involve landowners who meet eligibility requirements for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). 

Proposals should be submitted electronically using They can also be emailed in PDF format to Noel Soto, Pennsylvania CIG Program Manager, at Hand delivered or express mailed proposals can be sent to the following address: Noel Soto, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grants Program, 359 East Park Drive, Suite 2, Harrisburg, PA 17111.

The CIG Announcement of Program Funding can be found on and on the Pennsylvania CIG web page at