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Date: June 05 2013
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS): Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program
NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.
CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.
Conservation Innovation Grants - Greenhouse Gas Awardees: Fiscal Year 2011
In fiscal year 2011, USDA awarded CIG grants specifically for Greenhouse Gas mitigation opportunities. To view a complete summary of the nine Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Greenhouse Gas click here. The information includes the state(s) in which the project will be carried out, the total amount of NRCS funding provided, project title, and a brief project description.
Conservation Innovation Grants - Greenhouse Gas Market Awardees: Fiscal Year 2015
In fiscal year 2015, USDA awarded another round of CIG grants specifically focused on expanding greenhouse gas market opportunities. To view a complete summary of the nine Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Greenhouse Gas Market projects click here. The document includes the total amount of NRCS funding provided, project title, and a brief project description.
Updated information on both the 2011 and 2015 CIG projects is located in the right-hand column of this page.
Adam Chambers, Ph.D.
Physical Scientist, Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team
USDA-NRCS West National Technology Support Center
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1000
Portland OR 97232-1202
ph. 503.273.2410 fax: 503.273.2401
This project will demonstrate the ability of carbon offset markets to generate new revenues to accelerate rangeland conservation and contribute to climate change mitigation.
The project aims to reduce nitrous oxide emissions and nitrate leaching from agriculture by incentivizing optimized nitrogen fertilizer applications by helping farmers participate in environmental markets and earn revenue for the environmental benefits they create.
The objective of this project is to investigate the feasibility and potential application of a new GHG protocol based on the restoration of wetlands and/or avoided drainage of wetlands, with a concentration on the Northern Great Plains.
This project will form a farmer-driven, market-based sustainable agriculture cooperative to market agricultural-based GHG offsets and develop an environmental stewardship branding program.
The overarching objective of this new CIG-funded project is to continue to improve carbon offset opportunities for grassland-based producers and, through innovation, ensure the provision of important ecosystem services.
This project will build on ongoing efforts to promote rotational grazing in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by developing a robust regional network of grazers in PA, VA and MD, quantifying the environmental and economic benefits of converting to a rotational grazing system, exploring related market-based opportunities for grazers (i.e., carbon and nutrient trading programs) and sharing this information via the network.
The goal of this project is to increase participation in California’s cap and trade market among small and medium-size forest landowners. Under this project, the Reserve will develop a highly standardized inventory methodology and provide data management and reporting tools, which is anticipated to reduce implementation barriers for forest carbon projects.
This project will expand adoption of the avoided conversion of grassland to cropland protocol and greatly reduce barriers to implementation of this project activity by: (1) developing tools and procedures to assist landowners and project developers; (2) conducting outreach and education; (3) identifying and implementing a pilot project; and (4) translating any lessons learned into updates and improvements to the protocol.
The goal of this project is to expand the GHG market in Indian country by developing rangeland management carbon sequestration projects on Indian lands and publishing a carbon offset project guidance with the American Carbon Registry for registration of projects developed on various Indian land types. Another outcome of this project will be the creation of an aggregation program to enroll tribal and individual Indian lands.
The introduction and widespread application of sustainable carbon farming practices in the Palouse region has the potential to restore the soil quality and ensure the longevity of one of the United States’ most important breadbaskets. Demonstrating the ecological and economic value to landowners of increased soil carbon stemming from improved agricultural practices is a critical component in facilitating the large-scale adoption of such practices. To this end, this project seeks to provide a roadmap for developing large-scale, high-quality, and low-cost soil carbon transactions.
The goal of the project is to develop and implement a greenhouse gas tool for the Chesapeake Bay watershed with the goal of reducing some of the technological and financial barriers to certifying carbon offset credits generated by nutrient management projects.
The purpose of this GHG CIG project is to 1) implement a first-of-its-kind greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction demonstration initiative with rice producers in California and Arkansas, two of the country’s leading rice-producing states and 2) analyze the demonstration's replication potential.
This GHG-CIG Project sought to develop a better understanding of multiple aspects of nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions from cropland. The Project Team explored opportunities to provide environmental credits (“climate or carbon finance”) to land managers for practices that reduce emissions.
This project found real solutions for ranchers, and laid a foundation for direct public payments to rangeland owners from measurable improvements in resource management to rangeland owners. CIG partners identified realistic management practices and created carbon offset protocols that encourage carbon sequestration and emissions reduction on rangelands, while producing real co-benefits, such as increased water retention and forage productivity. As a result of the work in this CIG, ranchers can implement the practices included in the protocols to enhance the quality of their rangeland ecosystem.
This CIG seeks to scale implementation of nutrient management practices using N2O emission reduction credits, and evaluate different methods of quantification that support marketing of on-farm improvements.
The purpose of the Bovine Innovative Greenhouse Gas Solutions (BIGGS) Project is to enable beef and dairy producers to create and sell voluntary carbon offsets. In order to accomplish this, the project team is attempting to adapt three Alberta Offset System Quantification Protocols into the American Carbon Registry.
The project developed tools to verify offsets derived from avoided grassland conversion projects in the Northern Great Plains resulting in an American Carbon Registry Approved methodology. Additionally, the project partners assisted producers through the validation and verification process to develop registered carbon credits.
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