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NRCS Announces 2019 Caribbean Area Conservation Innovation Grant Awardees

Edwin Más, CIG Coordinator
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Caribbean Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)- A roller-crimper terminates sunflower cover crop in St. Croix, USVI.NRCS Caribbean Area Acting Director, Juan Carlos Hernández, is pleased to announce the recipients of fiscal year 2019 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) for the Caribbean Area. Two projects were selected from a total of nine submissions.

Through CIG, NRCS seeks projects that demonstrate, evaluate and quantify the effects of conservation practices, systems and strategies to protect and improve natural resources in the Caribbean Area,” said Director Hernández.

The two awarded projects focus on developing and demonstrating cutting-edge ideas to further advance innovation in resource conservation on private lands in the Caribbean Area. The Fiscal Year 2019 Caribbean Area CIG awardees and projects are:

  • Joaquin Chong for the project, "Validate the use of walk-behind tractor technology at varied terrain slopes, to validate the use of a rotary plow to establish an underground waterline to provide crop irrigation" ($43,980.00).
  • Diego Piñeiro for the project, "To validate, demonstrate and educate underserved, limited resources land users in easy to establish and environmentally friendly techniques for soil erosion control and bioengineering practices in steeplands" ($50,000.00).

Grantees must work with producers and forestland owners to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies related to agricultural production and participation in EQIP and related Farm Bill Programs.

The 2019 Caribbean CIG focused on climate change, soil health, water resources, energy resources, plants and wildlife, air resources, and projects benefiting historically-underserved producers and veteran farmers. CIG results are anticipated to advance the foundation for sustainable agriculture and enable producers to conserve their natural resources.

CIG is a voluntary program to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

For more information, visit your local USDA Service Center or our CIG webpage.


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