DES MOINES, IA, Dec. 28, 2018 — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a funding opportunity for agreements that address Iowa-specific conservation issues. The proposal deadline is Feb. 4, 2019.
Through the Iowa Partners for Conservation (IPC) Award, successful projects will leverage NRCS resources, address local natural resource issues, encourage collaboration, and develop state- and community-level conservation leadership.
NRCS seeks agreement proposals that address at least one of the following:
Build soil health on cropland.
Improve environmental and economic performance of grasslands, woodlands and wildlife areas.
Support the Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy.
Build capacity to better manage and maintain watershed infrastructure.
In 2018, Iowa NRCS provided about $3 million to nine partners through 10 IPC projects. This year, an estimated $5 million will be available for IPC agreements. Funding amounts can range from $25,000 to $750,000 through 1- to 5-year agreements.
Interested applicants should strongly consider attending a four-hour informational meeting on Jan. 4, 2019, at a yet to be determined time and location. Email a meeting RSVP or inquiries to Judy.Martinson@ia.usda.gov.