USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting proposals for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials. NRCS will invest up to $25 million in On-Farm Trials in 2020. This total includes up to $10 million for the Soil Health Demonstration Trials (SHD) priority. On-Farm Trials funding is designed to offer, through partners, technical and financial assistance to producers to help compensate for any risks associated with implementation of new conservation practices, systems, and approaches. In addition, the trials require evaluation of the innovative conservation practices, systems and approaches at the farm level. NRCS is seeking proposals that address at least one of the following four On-Farm Trial main priorities: Irrigation Management Technologies; Precision Agriculture Technologies and Strategies; Management Technologies and Strategies; and Soil Health Demonstration Trials.
The deadline for proposals has been extended until May 29, 2020.