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National CIG Awards in Vermont


Enhancing Cover Crop Function through Modification of Production Practices in Northern Corn Silage Systems

University of Vermont Extension, $1,144,441. Technical contact is Dr. Heather Darby. Read the project abstract here.


Environmental Price Assurance Facility

(The Climate Trust, (all US), $900,000)

Pathogen/Nutrient Abatement in Animal Biosolids Using Innovative Plasma Arc Venturi Technology

(MagneGas Corporation, (all US), $431,874)


Reaching and Teaching the Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

(Rachel Esther Gilker, (all US) $401,650)

Demonstration of Subsurface Drip Irrigation Systems Utilizing Dairy Manure Effluent to Improve Water Use Efficiency and Nutrient Application Uniformity

(Sustainable Conservation, (VT), $833,250)

Implementation of a Mobile Separation Unit to Service Multiple Farms to Separate Out a Portion of the Solids in Dairy Manure

(NATIVEENERGY, (VT) $1,239,000)


A Practical Approach to Soil Health Management Assessment

(Cornell University, (all US), $375,235)

Enlisting Conservation Districts to Accelerate Participation in Environmental Markets

(National Association of Conservation Districts, (all US), $116,725)

Decision Support Tools for Cover Crops: Crediting Water and Nitrogen Conservation

(North Carolina State University, (all US), $116.725)

Transforming the Economy to Value our Climate: Launching the Working Lands Carbon Fund

(Oregon Climate Trust, (all US), $1,000,000)

Unlocking Green Bonds for Natural Infrastructure in the US Water Sector

(The World Resources Institute, (all US), $500,000)


Demonstrating Effects of Compaction Best Management Practices on Soil Properties and Water Movement

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT, NY), $174,691)

Innovative Strategies for Broad Scale Adoption of Cover Cropping in Northern Climates

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT, NY), $483,484)


Developing Drought Resilient Pasture Based Forage Strategies that Promote Productivity and Protection of Natural Resources

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT), $88,429)

Assessing CIG Source Water Protection in Forested Watersheds: Synthesizing Lessons Learned to Improve the Effectiveness of Future Projects

(US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, (all US), $100,000)


Nutrient Trading System Establishment in Vermont

(The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, (VT), $781,226)

Energy Savings through Holistic Planned Grazing and Management

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (WV, PA, NY, NH, NJ, VT, ME, CT, RI, MA, OH, MD, DE, VA), $66,365)

Assessment of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Nutrient Management Projects and Recommendations for Future Adoption and Incorporation into Practice Standards

(American Society of Agronomy, (all US), $20,000)

Developing National Assessment Standards for Agricultural Certainty to Operate

(National Association of State Conservation Agencies, (all US), $79,000)


Promoting Adoption of Innovative Conservation Practices for Sustainable Forest Biomass Harvesting

(The Forest Guild (CT, ME, MA, MD, NH, NY, PA, RI, VT), $147,057)

Proactive Outreach in Priority Habitats to Engage Landowners in Sustainable, Bird Friendly Conservation Practices

(National Audubon Society, (VT), $162,807)

Developing Stakeholder-driven, Scientifically-based Opportunities for New England Farmers to Participate in Carbon Offset Markets

(New England Farmers Union Educational Foundation (CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT), $202,799)

Developing Organic Forage Systems that Promote Productivity and Protection of Natural Resources

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT), $43,466)

Digging Deeper: New and Innovative Tools to Improve Nutrient Management of Livestock and Specialty Crop Farms

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT), $99,700)


Northern Forest Watershed Services: Parallel Pilot Initiatives Providing Incentives for Forest Management and Conservation

(American Forest Foundation (ME, NH, VT), $500,000)

Protecting Wildlife Habitat, Biodiversity and Forest Productivity in Focal Conservation Areas of Vermont's Champlain Valley

(The Nature Conservancy, (VT), $89,308)

Phosphorus and E. Coli Reduction from Silage Leachate via Innovative Steel Slag Filtration

(University of Vermont & State Agricultural College, (VT), $86,097)

The Stewardship Index for Specialty crops

(SureHarvest, (all US), $630,000)


Winter Pasture and Bedded Pack Management for Vermont Dairy Farms

(University of Vermont, (VT), $248,027)

2008 Umbrella Cooperative Agreement - National

(National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, (all US), $13,918,600)


The Biofuels Acceleration Project (BAP)-Using Voluntary Markets for the sale of Biofuel-Sourced Projects "Credits" to Accelerate the Production of "High-Benefit" Liquid Biofuels

(AP-Garm SC, LLC AgRefresh (CA, CO, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, NY, OR, SD, VT, WA, WI), $622,500)

Online NRCS Conservation Program Database and Program Finder Search Tool for Landowners

(Resources First Foundation, (all US), $160,000)

Comprehensive Pesticide Environmental Assessment Tool for US Agriculture

(IPM Institute of North America, (all US), $805,012)


Carbon Credit Generation Program: Cost Effectiveness Procedures to Estimate, Aggregate, Verify and Deliver Carbon Credits to Private Sector Markets

(Chicago Climate Exchange (IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MO, ND, NE, NM, NY, OH, PA, VT), $750,000)

Market Incentives for Conservation Practices by Northeast Tree Fruit Growers

(Red Tomato (CT, MA, NH, NY, VT), $300,000)

Pilot-Testing Performance-Based Incentives for Agricultural Pollution Control

(Winrock International (IA, VT), $500,000)


Soil Building, Water Conservation, Grazing Land Enhancement and Habitat Creation Within a Keyline Flood-Flow Irrigated Agro-Forestry Landscape

(Yandow Farm, (VT), $65,269)


Innovative Conservation of Compost for Nutrient Management and Production of Energy

(Terrance Magnan, (VT), $198,572)

Transferring Innovative Manure Management Technology in Northeast

(Cornell University, (ME, NH, VT, CT, NY, NJ, PA), $182,991)