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Date: January 21 2011
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.
Updated information on each of these projects, as well as some additional related 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
The introduction and widespread application of sustainable, low-carbon farming practices have the potential to restore the fertility and ensure the longevity of one of the United States’ most important breadbaskets. Demonstrating the value to landowners of increased soil carbon stemming from these 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.
Project activities are focused on the Avoided Conversion of Grasslands in the Northern Great Plains. In the Prairie Pothole Region of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota, annual losses of native grasslands have averaged approximately 50,000 acres per year since 2007. The project will develop an Avoided Conversion of Grasslands and Shrublands methodology for the carbon market, currently undergoing validation by the American Carbon Registry and the Verified Carbon Standard, which will pay landowners for the carbon benefits associated with placing their land under a permanent conservation easement.
The purpose of Bovine Innovative Greenhouse Gas Solutions (BIGGS) Pilot Project is to enable beef and dairy producers to create and sell voluntary carbon offsets to buyers. Our intention is for stakeholders in the U.S. beef and dairy supply chain to successfully participate in a voluntary greenhouse gas (GHG) offset program that is science-based and meets their triple bottom-line needs and concerns.
The project seeks to support farmer implementation of nutrient management practices using GHG emission reduction credits, testing different models and protocols that enable the quantification and marketing of on-farm improvements.
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 in other rice producing states including Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Texas.
We are going to (a) develop rangeland carbon accounting protocols, (b) test the protocols across a wide variety of rangeland ecosystems, and (c) conduct an analysis of the environmental and economic benefits of rangeland management practices that reduce GHG emission and increase carbon sequestration.
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.
Farm Smart™ is an innovative, integrated online management system that empowers continuous environmental, social and economic improvement for dairy producers. Its science- and practice-based resources and tools help producers reduce their environmental footprint while identifying new sources of cost savings and revenue. It also delivers benefits throughout the grass-to-glass value chain to dairy processors, retail distributors and consumers.
Note that this project is not funded by a USDA CIG grant
The completion of this project will provide strategies, i.e. best management practices (BMP), to reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions in tomato cropping systems by evaluating an 80 inch tomato bed configuration combined with a nitrification inhibitor delivered through subsurface drip.
Evaluate the potential to develop, quantify, and market environmental credits through implementation of improved nitrogen fertilizer management to reduce nitrogen loss from cropping systems as nitrous oxide (N2O).
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