The USDA is looking for new innovative proposals on conservation through the competitive Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) program. You can visit GrantWatch.com for related grants for Farming/Agriculture. According to Tom Vilsak, Agriculture Secretary, private agricultural and forest land-owners will benefit from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) investment in innovative conservation.
The USDA hopes to introduce changes in conservation technologies as well as changes in the approach to topics like conservation finance, data analytics, and precision conservation. Up to $25 million will be invested into focus areas like:
- Historically underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers or beginning farmers and ranchers and those with few resources
- Producer knowledge of the benefits of conservation benefits and its alternatives
- Improved input management (ie. nutrient management addressing source, timing, rate and placement) or addressing in-field vulnerabilities
- New investment strategies for private lands conservation
- Effects of soil health practices and water management
- Pay-for-success models
In the past 7 years, the USDA has invested almost $173 million into 414 national CIG projects. With this new investment, the USDA hopes to continue its dedication to historically underserved and military veteran farmers and ranchers and their supporters. Up to $2 million was set aside for this group, exclusively.
Since 2009, the USDA has invested more than $29 million to CIG projects to help conservation efforts. Through previous CIG projects, the USDA has worked with 500,000 farmers, ranchers and landowners to help protect over 400 million acres. The projects have helped enhance soil and air quality, water conservation and management and enhancing habitat for wildlife.
On GrantWatch.com, you will find similar grants for sustainable farming across the nation. Under Farming/Agriculture, you might find grants to develop agriculture and forestry sectors, agricultural development and leadership, agricultural sustainability research and more.
For grants from the USDA, click here.
You can also raise funds through Agriculture Crowdfunding.
About the Author: Sabeen has a Master’s in Public Health and is currently writing for GrantWatch.com and its affiliated websites.