This year's CIG projects focus on nutrient management, energy conservation, soil health, wildlife and CIG projects assessment. NRCS notes that it 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.
To view NRCS's complete Announcement of CIG program funding, visit the Conservation Innovation Grants program page. The announcement can also be viewed online as a PDF file at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb1046237.pdf