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USA hosts conservation Innovation grant applicant webinar

By Norwalk Reflector Staff • Jan 10, 2018 at 9:00 PM

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is hosting a webinar for potential conservation innovation grant applicants at 4 p.m. Thursday.

The webinar address is: https://usdanrcs.adobeconnect.com/r9kw5j070vuq.

The NRCS uses these grants to work with partners to accelerate transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches that address some of the nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. This year, NRCS is focusing on:

• Grazing lands: Helping livestock producers make grazing management decisions, encouraging prescribed burning as a grazing management practice and improving access to conservation planning tools used for developing grazing management plans.

• Organic agriculture systems: Helping organic producers develop innovative cropping and tillage systems, edge-of-field monitoring, crop rotations and intercropping systems.

• Soil health: Supporting both cropping and grazing systems, in a variety of climatic zones, that incorporate soil health management systems for addressing specific resource concerns like nutrients and availability. Evaluating multiple soil health assessment methods to assist in the development of new soil health indicators and thresholds.

CIG is authorized and funded under NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Projects can last up to three years. The maximum award amount for any project this year is $2 million.

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