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Conservation Innovation Grant application deadline nears

9/25/2012

Special to The Hays Daily News

SALINA -- Applications for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants are due Oct. 15.

Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist Eric B. Banks said up to $5 million in grants are available to evaluate and demonstrate agricultural practices that help farmers and ranchers adapt to drought. NRCS is taking applications for CIGs to help producers build resiliency into their production systems so they can adapt to climatic extremes, such as drought.

To apply, visit www.grants.gov or call (703) 235-8065.

NRCS is offering the grants to partnering entities to evaluate innovative, field-based conservation technologies and approaches. These technologies or approaches should lead to improvements such as enhancing the water-holding capacity in soils and installing drought-tolerant grazing systems, which will help farms and ranches become more resilient to drought.

"Severe drought conditions across the U.S. have greatly impacted the livelihood of our farmers and ranchers," said NRCS Chief Dave White. "Conservation Innovation Grants allow us to generate and deploy as soon as possible cutting-edge ideas that help farmers and ranchers run sustainable and profitable operations."

Funds will be awarded through a competitive grants process for projects lasting for one to three years.