Saint Paul, Oct 5, 2020 –USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is awarding $25 million in grants designed to help partners implement and evaluate innovative conservation practices that have demonstrated benefits on farmland. In Minnesota, more than $780,000 was awarded to Regents of the University of Minnesota. Researchers will implement on-farm corn precision nitrogen management and monitoring trials on Minnesota farms in order to assess the agronomic, economic, and environmental benefits of PNM technology in comparison with farmers’ current N management practices under diverse on-farm conditions.
The funding is provided through On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a component of the Conservation Innovation Grants program first authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill.
“On-Farm Trials help producers improve the health of their operations while at the same time helping NRCS build data to show the benefit of innovative conservation systems and practices applied on the land,” says Minnesota State Conservationist Troy Daniell.