The winning proposals for the 2010 Conservation Innovation Grants have been announced. Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Thursday saying the grants will produce far-reaching results on a wide range of issues including conservation management and bio-energy production by facilitating the development and adoption of new approaches and technologies. The Natural Resources Conservation Service received 230 proposals and is awarding nearly $18 million in Conservation Innovation Grants for 61 projects in 43 states and U.S. territories in the Pacific.
These grants invest in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and approaches with the goal of addressing water quality and quantity, air quality, energy conservation and environmental markets on a wide-scale. Vilsack says creative solutions that help producers conserve natural resources and reduce costs are an important part of the USDA's efforts to improve the quality of air, water and soil.
Grant recipients provide matching funds to the grants to make the overall value of the awards more than $35 million. Awarded projects address emerging natural resource issues including ag air emissions, energy conservation and market-based approaches to conservation.
To see a list of all awarded projects visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.