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Conservation Innovation Grants Nationwide Funding Announced

News from U.S. Department of Agriculture's
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Pacific Islands Area
300 Ala Moana Blvd., #4-118
Honolulu, HI 96850

Washington DC, December 18, 2017
 Conservation Innovation Grants Nationwide Funding Announced

Today NRCS nation headquarts announced on that $10 million will be invested for new national projects to help develop and demonstrate cutting-edge ideas to address natural resource conservation challenges on private agricultural and forest lands through Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG). This Announcement for Program Funding (APF) has been posted to announcement number USDA-NRCS-NHQ-CIG-001.

Project applications / proposals are due February 26, 2018. Normally, NRCS allows for 60 days from the date the APF is posted on; however, a few extra days are being granted because of upcoming holidays.

The NRCS uses CIG to work with partners to accelerate transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the nation’s most pressing natural resource concerns. This year, NRCS is focusing funding in these areas:

  • Grazing Lands: Helping livestock producers make grazing management decisions, encouraging prescribed burning as a grazing management practice, and improving access to conservation planning tools used for developing grazing management plans.
  • Organic Agriculture Systems: Helping organic producers develop innovative cropping and tillage systems, edge-of-field monitoring, crop rotations, and intercropping systems.
  • Soil Health: Supporting both cropping and grazing systems, in a variety of climatic zones, that incorporate soil health management systems for addressing specific resource concerns like nutrients and availability. Evaluating multiple soil health assessment methods to assist in the development of new soil health indicators and thresholds.
Conservation Innovation Grants Nationwide Funding Announced

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Douglas R. Maguire, MBA
Public Affairs Specialist

Natural Resources Conservation Service
United States Department of Agriculture
300 Ala Moana Blvd., #4-118
Honolulu, HI  96850
(808) 541-2600

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