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CIG Program Dollars Available Though NRCS

CIG Program Dollars Available Though NRCS

Grant proposals sought for improving water and air quality.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA is seeking proposals for grants to improve water quality, air quality and promote energy conservation. USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service is making available $25 million through the Conservation Innovation Grants program to address natural resource concerns nationwide with a special emphasis on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and the Mississippi River Basin. 
 Now in its eighth year, the CIG program offers funding dedicated to the adoption of technologies to address a broad range of agricultural issues. For example, the Michigan Department of Agriculture worked with Michigan State University and agricultural landowners to establish conservation practices for high-risk erosion areas, with a goal of reducing sediment and nutrient runoff. 

Successful applicants will demonstrate that their projects use innovative, on-the-ground conservation approaches and technologies.  Funds will be awarded through a nationwide competitive grants process with applications being accepted from all 50 States, the Caribbean Area and the Pacific Islands Area. Pre-proposal applications must be received at the NRCS National Headquarters by close of business Dec. 28, 2010.

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