U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
05/29/20 5:00 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA organizations, private entities, and local and state government agencies to assist agricultural producers in adopting conservation practices. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Activities must benefit producers who meet the EQIP program’s eligibility requirements.
The purpose of On-Farm Trials is to stimulate the adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers. For 2020, NRCS is implementing On-Farm Trials through eligible entities, which in turn work collaboratively with NRCS and agricultural producers to implement innovative approaches on private lands. On-Farm Trials supports the implementation of innovative approaches that have a positive conservation effect but which, for any number of reasons, have not yet been adopted by producers.
On-Farm Trials funding is designed to provide technical and financial assistance to producers to help compensate for any risks associated with implementation of new conservation practices, systems, and approaches. Evaluation is a key component of On-Farm Trials to ensure that environmental, financial, and social (to the extent possible) impact of implementing innovative approaches are captured and disseminated.
NRCS intends to use the results of On-Farm Trials project evaluations and analyses to explore development of new or modification of existing NRCS business practices, guidance documents, technical tools, and conservation practice standards.
NRCS gives priority to projects that implement innovative conservation approaches that are applicable to a range of agricultural operation sizes and types.
The Soil Health Demonstration Trial (SHD) component of On-Farm Trials (priority 4 below) focuses exclusively on implementation of conservation practices and systems that improve soil health. Eligible entities receiving SHD awards agree to follow consistent soil health assessment protocols to evaluate the impacts of practice and system implementation.
On-Farm Trials Priorities:
For more details on program priorities, see pages 2-5 in the Full Announcement document in Attached Files below.
NRCS encourages applicants to engage with and include the participation of historically underserved producers and veteran farmers and ranchers in On-Farm Trials projects. In addition, NRCS encourages applicants to consider partnerships with organizations that work with historically underserved producers and veteran farmers and ranchers and have access to networks of these producers. The definition of historically underserved and veteran producers are available at https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/programs/financial/cig/.
GrantWatch ID#: 186076
NRCS anticipates making between 15 and 20 awards.
The maximum amount of a single award under either On-Farm Trials or the SHD is $5 million. The minimum award is $250,000.
On-Farm Trials projects may be between 3 and 5 years in duration.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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