Conservation Innovations – Spring 2019

The latest announcements, news, and updates on NRCS Conservation Innovations.
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Apply for a Conservation Innovation Grant

05242019_CIG_SpringNewsRelease_FieldImageDo you or your organization have an innovative idea for solving a conservation challenge? Looking for a funding partner to help turn your idea into reality? The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) wants to help. On May 30, NRCS released the latest national Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) funding announcement, which makes available up to $12.5 million in 2019. Applications are accepted for innovative conservation projects that address at least one of the following 2019 priorities: 1) Increasing the pace and scale of conservation adoption, 2) Water Quantity, 3) Pollinator Habitat, or 4) Innovative Conservation in Urban Agriculture.

Grant proposals are accepted through July 30, 2019.

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USDA Opens Signup for New On-Farm Trials

CIGSpringNewsletter_SoilHealthPhotoNRCS is accepting proposals through July 15, 2019 for On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials (On-Farm Trials), a new CIG component authorized in the 2018 Farm Bill. On-Farm Trials include a Soil Health Demo Trial, also created by the 2018 Farm Bill.

Funding for On-Farm Trials is distinct from traditional CIG competitive grants funding. Traditional CIG funding is used to support early pilot projects or demonstrations of promising conservation approaches and technologies and is not typically provided directly to producers. On-Farm Trials funding is designed to flow through partners directly to producers to implement innovative approaches that have been well-studied and known to provide conservation benefits.

Visit the CIG On-Farm Trials Webpage