CIG pre-proposal deadline approaching at month’s end

CIG pre-proposal deadline approaching at month’s end

Posted: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 8:36 pm

The Messenger 01.24.12

NASHVILLE — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reminded applicants that Jan. 31 is the last day to submit project pre-proposals for fiscal year 2012 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).
Pre-proposals support large-scale demonstration projects that test and prove original approaches to conserving America’s private lands.
This year’s CIG projects focus on nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, wildlife and CIG projects assessment. NRCS is especially interested in projects that demonstrate:
• Optimal combinations of nutrient source, application rate, placement and timing that improve nutrient recovery by crops.
• Procedures for refining the usefulness of the phosphorous index in reducing phosphorous losses.
• Suites of conservation practices that protect water quality.
• Renewable energy systems that reduce the use of fossil fuels and increase energy efficiency on farms.
• The impacts of cover crops, crop rotations, tillage and other conservation practices on soil health.
• Conservation practices that increase the water-holding capacity of soils.
• Decision tools that help producers assess their operations and conservation needs in order to improve wildlife habitat.
• Assess the technology transfer potential of completed CIG projects.
Results of successful projects will be included in NRCS policy, technical manuals, guides and references.
There are two types of eligibility for CIG — applicant eligibility and project eligibility.
To apply electronically, visit http://www.grants.gov/ or contact a local NRCS office. To view the complete Announcement of Program Funding, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/cig/.
For more information about NRCS conservation programs, visit http://www.nrcs.usda.gov or visit the local USDA service center.

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