Conservation Innovations - Fall 2018

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2018 CIG Grantee Orientation

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In October, for the first time ever, NRCS brought together all 22 entities that received a national CIG award in 2018. This orientation workshop was designed to help familiarize the new awardees with the CIG program and how to effectively manage their projects. In addition, NRCS technical experts assigned to each project were in attendance so that they could foster a relationship with awardees to help ensure projects deliver on their proposals. The workshop was a great success and we look forward to working with all of our partners over the next few years.

2018 CIG Projects


Agriculture Conservation Planning Framework

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The Agriculture Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF) was initially developed through a 2011 CIG award and has grown into a powerful tool used for the protection and restoration of healthy watersheds. The ACPF brings big data, technology, producers, and conservation planners together to improve water quality. Learn more about the ACPF and find out how this tool can help improve your local watershed.

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Urban Farm Innovations in Illinois

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Well Farm is one of the nation’s first stormwater farms, capturing stormwater runoff while growing harvestable timber and vegetables. With the help of a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) from NRCS, this once vacant lot in downtown Peoria, Illinois, has been transformed into green infrastructure, an urban forest, and a working farm. 

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Conservation Innovation in the News

Check out the latest updates from our partners and the media on how CIG projects are advancing innovative conservation approaches and technologies.

High Plains Journal: New market for grassland carbon credits

Lancaster Farming: Bucket screener helps rid compost of bones

California AG Network: The new frontier of subsurface drip irrigation

RFD TV: Quantifying the ecological benefits of restorative agriculture practices

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