The USDA is accepting proposals for projects designed to provide new conservation opportunities. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing up to $25 million for applications that encourage the development and adoption of conservation technologies in areas like conservation finance, data analytics and precision conservation.
“Conservation Innovation Grants have played a critical role in developing and implementing creative new methods to conserve the nation’s private agricultural lands and strengthening rural communities,” said Vilsack. “Today’s announcement builds on our support of technologies and approaches that help producers increase resiliency to extreme weather such as drought and floods.”
The 2017 focus areas for project proposals include the following:
Proposals are due by January 9, 2017. Details about the applications are available online. American Indian tribes, state and local units of government, non-governmental organizations and individuals are eligible to submit proposals.