The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today it will invest $15 million this year in the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. Through CIG, grantees work to address our nation's water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health, and wildlife habitat challenges, all while supporting agricultural production. This year's funding priorities are climate-smart agriculture, addressing invasive species, and conservation in urban agricultural systems.
"The challenges that farmers and ranchers face require innovative solutions to support their continued ability to produce the food and fiber we all depend on," said Ron Alvarado, NRCS Oregon State Conservationist. We're eager to help Oregon's farmers and ranchers address these challenges and opportunities, and this nationwide funding opportunity for science and innovation will help get us there."
For the fiscal 2022 award process, at least 10% of the total funds available are set aside for proposals that entirely benefit historically underserved (HU) producers. This HU set-aside will ensure that equity is incorporated in the planning and delivery of CIG projects to align with NRCS's Justice 40 goals. HU applicants can also waive the non-Federal match requirements.