USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Announces $59,300
Available for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in New Hampshire.
USDA NRCS is currently seeking project proposals from potential applicants through its Conservation Innovation Grant program. CIG is not a research program, but rather a tool to stimulate the adoption of conservation approaches or technologies that have been studied sufficiently to indicate a high likelihood of success, and are likely candidates for eventual technology transfer.
“CIG projects can further the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies to help build sustainable communities in New Hampshire,” said State Conservationist Rick Ellsmore. “This competitive grant program helps us advance environmental goals that also contribute to, and protect, local economies.”
In the past, the NH State CIG program has funded grants, including, but not limited to: developing an energy-efficient wood-fired evaporator for the maple sugaring process; demonstrating low-till and no-till farming equipment and techniques; assisting immigrant and refugee farmers to access technology, land, and markets for agricultural production; and developing a sustainable approach to managing invasive species that reduces cost, avoids chemicals, and incorporates bio-fuel technology.
Funding for CIG is made available through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). All proposed CIG projects must involve EQIP-eligible producers.
The application deadline is 4:00 p.m. EDT on May 17, 2013. Applicants should describe the innovative technologies or approaches which will be used to address a natural resource conservation concern. Other requirements are identified in the Announcement of Program Funding located on the NH NRCS website www.nh.nrcs.usda.gov.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is the lead conservation agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are a technical agency that provides trained soil conservationists, technicians, soil scientists, agronomists, engineers, economists, biologists, foresters and other experts to help landowners and land users with conservation.
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