USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) in California to help support the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural, forest lands, and oak woodlands. The CIG program this year prioritizes focusing on development and demonstration of innovative technologies related to resource inventory, treatment guidelines, quantifying benefits of soil health, carbon sequestration, pollinator and wildlife habitat, fuel management, air and water quality on agricultural lands, forest, and oak woodlands. Additionally, the CIG program includes funding for development of methods to encourage agricultural producers to adopt soil health practices and better equip historically underserved specialty crop farmers to implement irrigation and nutrient management. NRCS will invest up to $1 million for on-farm trials, field demonstrations, and pilot projects in 2021.
Proposals are due by April 23, 2021.