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Healthy Soils Project

Program for Oklahoma Agricultural Producers to
Incorporate the Use of Warm Season Cover Crops

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts (OACD)

Deadline Date:

12/31/17 Postmarked or Emailed

Description:

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A program providing up to $115 per acre of land to Oklahoma agricultural producers who are interested in incorporating warm season cover crops into their farming operations. The purpose of this program is to demonstrate the economic feasibility of cover crops within designated areas of the state.

The Oklahoma Healthy Soils Project is a 5 year private/public partnership. The first four demonstration farms launched in 2016. OACD is establishing five more demonstration farms in 2018.

Goals:

1. To establish four (4) demonstration farms in Oklahoma in 2017 that incorporate cover crops into existing agricultural operations.

2. To build a network of knowledge to share with agriculture producer peers, the community and stakeholders about the impact of cover crops on cropland production in Oklahoma.

Producers selected to participate in the program may receive the following benefits:
-Financial Assistance including seed/fair rental rate compensation, funds to offset farming expenses, and technical assistance.
-All seed costs for cover crop rotation
-Scientific monitoring equipment usage for the duration of the project including Haney soil tests, soil temperature and moisture monitoring
-Assistance with yield monitoring on the subsequent cash crops
-Economic analysis on feasibility of cover crops
-A peer “mentor” to help assist in the process

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171117

Estimated Size of Grant:

Benefits may include up to $115 per acre of land enrolled in the Healthy Soils Project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to participate in the project, the following criteria must be met:
-Producer must be EQIP eligible to participate as defined by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
-Producer’s operation is located in Areas I, II, III or IV as defined by the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District’s area map (attached below)
-Producer has been active in no-till agriculture for a minimum of one year
-Producer has a minimum of eighty (80) acres that they can dedicate to the demonstration farm project. An ideal location will be able to allocate 120 - 160 acres for the project.
-Producer demonstrates a keen interest in learning about the impact of cover crops and sharing the information gained with their community and peers.
-Producer is willing to open demonstration farm location for monitoring, information gathering and field days.
-A producer that qualifies for one or more traditionally underserved populations as defined by NRCS is strongly preferred.
-Producer is willing to participate in on-going conversations and meetings with a local agriculture producer that has experience in cover crops and conservation based practices.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications need to be postmarked or email on or before December 31, 2017 to be eligible for consideration.

Selections for the warm season cover crop cooperators will be made at in February 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sarah Blaney, Director
517-763-8609
sarahblaney@okconservation.org

OACD
PO Box 2775
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Oklahoma: Areas I, II, III, or IV in the Oklahoma Association of Conservation District’s area map