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Conservation Innovation Grants

NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.

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Final Reports

ULL - Using BEHAVE Principles to Promote Innovative Conservation Approaches to Louisiana Livestock Producers

The Nature Conservancy - Development of a Water Quality Hot Spot Targeting Tool to Aid in the Selection of 12 digit sub-Watersheds in Louisiana for Mitigation Strategies

LSU AgCenter - Sugarcane Residue Management: Influence of a Modified Sweeper on Yields

LSU AgCenter - Implementation of New Strategies for Sugarcane Residue and N Fertilizer: Effect on Yield and Edge-of-Field Water Quality

LSU AgCenter - Winter Wheat Filter Strip for In-Field Ditches to Reduce Nutrient and Sediment Runoff - A New Best Management Practice

LSU AgCenter - Innovative Demonstrations and Training to Enhance Implementation and Compliance with Environmental Best Management Practices for Poultry

LSU AgCenter - Demonstration of Overseeded Forage Radish for Improving Soil Properties and Recovering Excessive Nitrogen in Southern Pastureland

LSU AgCenter - Demonstration of Integrated Irrigation Management to Improve Water and Nutrient Use Efficiency, Soil Health, and Water Quality in Furrow Irrigated Agriculture

LSU AgCenter - Demonstrate Delayed Planting of Corn in Order to Maximize Biomass and Nitrogen Fixation of Preceding Cover Crop - On-Farm Site