Jay Mar, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service state conservationist for Iowa, announced last week that $800,000 in funding through the Conservation Innovation Grants, or CIG, program is available to qualified applicants in Iowa.
The purpose of the CIG program is to develop and adopt innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG provides farmers the opportunity to address some of Iowa's most pressing natural resource conservation needs through innovative measures.
Project proposals should demonstrate the use of innovative technologies or approaches to address one or more of the following natural resource concerns: soil health/quality, nutrient management strategies, grassland management, drought mitigation, or technology related to establishing cover crops.
Applications are due in Iowa NRCS state office in Des Moines by May 3, 2013.
Applicants must be a non-governmental organization, a private business or individual, a federally recognized Indian tribe, or state or local unit of government. Project proposals will be evaluated with the assistance of the State Technical Committee. Selected applicants may receive up to 50% of the total project cost, not to exceed $75,000. Applicants must provide non-federal matching funds for at least 50% of the project cost, of which up to 25% of the total project cost may be from in-kind contributions.
If you are interested in applying online, visit this link. Applications can also be submitted by email to Paul Goldsmith at email@example.com. Application materials are available on the Iowa NRCS website.
For information about the National CIG program, visit the NRCS website.