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Since its inception in 2004, CIG has funded hundreds of projects, boosting natural resource conservation while helping producers improve the health of their operations for the future. Use this tool to search for CIG projects based on any of the criteria listed below.

CIG projects from 2004-2009 may be missing information in the following categories: Resource Concern (specific), Conservation Practice, Production/Use.

Showing 1 - 10 of 770 projects

University of Maryland     |     MD     |     2019
 This project integrates on-farm field trials with behavioral and experimental economics field research to inform the design of cost-effective programs to increase adoption of in-season nitrogen (N) decision support tools for corn production in Delaware (DE), Maryland (MD), and Pennsylvania (PA). The overall goal of this project is to increase adoption of in-season N decision support tools by grain farmers to improve nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and reduce N losses to the environment. The environmental benefits and economic feasibility of adoption of proven in-season N decision support tools (i.e., dynamic N models and spectral imaging) is evaluated in replicated on-farm small plot and strip trials (years 1 and 2); we will also identify social, economic, and regulatory barriers limiting widespread adoption of these tools.
Oklahoma State University     |     OK     |     2019
Despite technological advances, flood irrigation systems are still in use in many parts of the U.S. According to the Farm and Ranch Irrigation Survey, flood irrigation accounts for 33% of all irrigated lands and 43% of total irrigation water applications in the U.S. However, only 10% of federal financial assistance for irrigation best management practices has been dedicated to flood irrigation. The goal of this project is to evaluate, demonstrate, and transfer innovative technologies that can result in water conservation in flood systems by conducting coordinated extension activities among partners from southern to western U.S. The perception of producers and the sociocultural factors that influence their acceptance of conservation technologies will also be evaluated to increase the likelihood of adoption. The project has four specific objectives: i) to evaluate the social dimensions of adopting conservation technologies; and, to evaluate and transfer effective and affordable conservation technologies and management practices related to ii) water delivery (e.g. canal automation); iii) water use (e.g. sensor-based irrigation scheduling) and iv) water removal (e.g., tailwater recovery and reuse) components of flood systems.
University of Rhode Island     |     RI     |     2019
Through a partnership including the University of Rhode Island, the University of Connecticut, and commercial farmers, this project will monitor soil temperature, moisture, and mineralization of nitrogen and phosphorus from organic matter in established high tunnels on six farms in southern New England. Tunnels will be used for commercial tomato production, with growers following their normal practices. Samples will be collected from the crop root zone year‐round for two years. We will also monitor lateral movement of soil pore water and nutrients across the tunnel perimeter using suction lysimeters and resin capsules at the level of the plow pan. Data will be used to revise soil mineralization models and create a Nutrient Prediction Tool to assist farmers in monitoring inputs, predicting plant available nitrogen and phosphorus, and optimizing inputs to meet production goals while minimizing costs.
MAD Agriculture     |     MT, NE     |     2019
This project is designed to accelerate the adoption of regenerative and organic agriculture using an innovative financing vehicle, the Perennial Fund, to found Carbon Farm Plans that empower producers to access organic crops and carbon markets. Carbon Farm Planning, which builds on NRCS Conservation Planning, is a new and powerful framework for designing agricultural systems that recognize soil health as the foundation on which all agriculture depends. This project uses Carbon Farm Planning to activate financing and markets toward long-term investments in soil health and resource conservation. There are four primary activities: Carbon Farm Planning and agronomy; Carbon Farm Curriculum and Training; Perennial Fund Creation; and Crop and Carbon Market Development.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University     |     VA     |     2019
Virginia Tech has partnered with the University of Tennessee and Smithsonian’s Virginia Working Landscapes to develop bee- friendly beef production technologies through a series of demonstration sites and on-farm trials. Specifically, the work addresses the following objectives: 1) document the establishment and persistence of wildflowers in grazing systems; 2) assess the benefits of wildflower-enhanced grazing systems for cattle; 3) assess the benefits of wildflower-enhanced grazing systems for pollinators; 4) calculate the economic profitability of wildflower-enhanced grazing systems; and 5) create educational materials and provide outreach about wildflower-enhanced grazing systems. The project team will measure wildflower establishment success and persistence, forage productivity and quality, cattle weight gain, pollinator attractiveness, and changes in costs and revenue compared to traditional grazing systems.
University of Minnesota     |     MN     |     2019
This project aims to employ cover crop legumes to reduce N pollution in vegetable rotations by taking up excess soil N and providing fixed nitrogen, while also providing flowering Habitat for pollinators and other beneficial insects. While farmer interest is high, actual adoption of Cover Crops remains low due to lack of knowledge about optimal management, potential for nitrogen delivery, soil health improvement, and beneficial insect and pollinator services within vegetable rotations. This project takes the innovative approach of introducing flowering summer Cover Crops into vegetable systems, advancing the NRCS National Priority of integration of Pollinator Habitat into agricultural systems.
California Rice Commission     |     CA     |     2019
The primary goal of this project is to develop a model economic framework designed to provide long-term, sustained, private sector funding to increase the quality and quantity of waterbird Habitat in California’s ricelands. Each year at least a billion birds migrate along the Pacific Flyway, but these birds are only a fraction of those that used the flyway a century ago. Habitat loss and other factors threaten the birds of the Pacific Flyway. California, which is key to the Flyway, has lost 95% of its natural wetlands. Due to these extensive losses, creating and enhancing Habitat for wetland-dependant species is vital to the continued functioning of the Flyway.
Oregon State University     |     OR     |     2019
This project’s objective is to remove the barriers to the adoption of existing NRCS pollinator-friendly conservation practices in the PNW by a) measuring economic benefits of practices associated with pollinator Habitat; b) identifying forb, shrub and tree species that attract the widest spectrum of native bees and other beneficial insects; c) improving implementation of existing conservation practices using selective herbicides, fire and grazing that promote the establishment of target plant species and reduce the growth of weeds and d) using conservation practices to preserve beneficial insects during periods of intensive pesticide use.
Pennsylvania State University     |     PA     |     2019
Greenhouse and high tunnel operations are a large and significant part of U.S. agriculture and also consume lots of Energy. Plastic films and various additives have been adopted in covering greenhouse and high tunnel structures for a long time. However, these technologies are mostly not able to efficiently and effectively modulate solar near-infrared Energy (utilize it for winter and block it in summer), independent of visible light for photosynthesis. In recent years, many studies on the optical and thermal properties of nanoparticles (NPs) have found a few plasmonic NPs can exhibit strong absorption and highly efficient light-to-heat conversion in the near-infrared region with no or few effects on the other spectral regions. This project is to develop, implement, and examine a new class of plastic films which are with dispersed prescribed plasmonic NPs.
University of Kentucky     |     KY     |     2019
This project builds off of a previous Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) initiative and will monitor the ecological and economic effects of resource conservation on equine operations that participated in that program, therefore quantifying the impact of the practices from the RCPP project and then determining the transferability of these practices. The project’s objectives are to: 1) Assess the ecological impacts of resource conservation on horse farms, including improved soil and pasture health, control of noxious species, improved nutrient distribution and enhanced grazing management. 2) Quantify the potential monetary savings when improved pasture management is implemented on horse farms, such as allowing farms to spend less on stored feeds and synthetic fertilizers. 3) Determine other benefits of conservation practices: a. Reduced operating costs. b. Improved horse health. c. Improved soil health. 4) Describe these benefits in online and print educational materials that encourage horse farm owners to adopt conservation practices. 5) Conduct field days on project farms to demonstrate to horse farm owners the practicality and value of improved management practices.