$25 Million for US On-Farm Conservation Innovation Grants

$25 Million for US On-Farm Conservation Innovation Grants
US farmers can apply for on-farm demonstration trials that boost soil health and increase soil carbon.
  • Grants of $250,000 - $5M, with $10M in total dedicated to soil health
  • Application deadline is 11th May.
  • Funding is for multi-stakeholder partnerships, where partners offer technical assistance and farmer payments. 
RCS - Introduction to ruminant nutrition

NRCS announced $25 million available for Conservation Innovation Grants – On-Farm Trials to incentivize the adoption of innovative conservation practices.

The funding focuses on 4 priorities:

  • Irrigation Management Technologies
  • Precision Agriculture Technologies and Strategies
  • Management Technologies and Strategies
  • Soil Health Demonstration Trials

The intent is to use rigorously managed research trials and on-farm pilots to increase adoption of innovative practices that benefit the environment and farmers economic productivity.

It is exciting to see that Soil Health is forming the core of the program, securing $10M of the total $25M available. Further details are in the full article, but the application process is still to be announced.


National priorities for 2020 within the Soil Health Demonstration (SHD) component include:

  • Transition to and adoption of full Soil Health Management Systems (SHMS), adapted to regional production systems, meeting all soil health management principles.
  • Cover crop management in water-limited systems (e.g. timing of termination) or in humid regions (e.g. slug control)
  • Integrating greater diversity in production systems, such as management for soil health in grazing land or integrated crop-livestock systems
  • Design SHMS with nutrient management adjustment for improved water quality, particularly to address concerns with dissolved reactive phosphorus
  • Design SHSM for challenging cropping systems, such as high disturbance (e.g. potatoes and sugar beets), intensive vegetable, organic, or herbicide-resistant

Trials that compare SHMS to nearby or similar production systems that do not meet SHMS principles (e.g. high disturbance, low diversity, low cover) are highly desired for this round of funding.

 North America
 Soil Health
 Landscape Health
 All - Cropping
 Investment & lending
 Carbon Farming



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