Release No. 0237.11
USDA Office of Communications (202) 720-4623
USDA Funds Projects to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 24 States
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WASHINGTON, June 8, 2011- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today
approved about $7.4 million to fund nine large-scale greenhouse gas
mitigation projects in 24 states through U.S. Department of
Agriculture's Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG).
"We want to help farmers and ranchers make important and innovative
contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions," Vilsack said.
"These grants are designed to test and verify exciting new approaches to
greenhouse gas reduction that other conservation-minded producers will
want to put to work on their operations."
In addition to the $7.4 million, USDA's Natural Resources Conservation
Service (NRCS), which administers CIG, will provide $10 million through
its regular Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to eligible
producers to implement conservation practices that reduce greenhouse gas
NRCS received 43 CIG proposals from 28 states. Nine projects were
approved and will be implemented in 24 states. Grant recipients are
required to provide matching funds-both cash and in-kind services.
CIG, a component of EQIP, stimulates development and adoption of
innovative conservation approaches and technologies. NRCS uses CIG to
invest in innovative, on-the-ground conservation technologies and
approaches with the goal of wide-scale adoption to address water quality
and quantity, air quality, energy conservation, and environmental
markets, among other natural resource issues. Grants are awarded to
state and local governments, federally-recognized Indian tribes,
non-governmental organizations and individuals.
A summary of all selected proposals awarded in 2011 Conservation
Innovation Grant is available below and at
Adaptation of a Forest Carbon Protocol to Include Tribal Lands
(Washington) - $1.226 million to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville
Indian Reservation to adapt and implement forest carbon sequestering
practices and to develop protocols that overcome the legal and technical
barriers faced by tribes in entering carbon credit trading markets.
Agricultural Soil Carbon: Developing a Large-scale Agricultural Soil
Carbon Transaction in the Palouse Region (Idaho, Oregon, Washington) -
$550,000 to Applied Ecological Services, Inc. to work with landowners to
provide a roadmap for monetizing or determining a value for carbon
credits arising from soil carbon enhancing conservation practices such
as no-till and crop rotation on 1 million acres across the Palouse
Bringing Greenhouse Gas Benefits to Market: Nutrient Management for
Nitrous Oxide Reductions (Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma) - $400,000 to
the Delta Institute and its partners to create a system that allows
producers to earn greenhouse gas credits for their nutrient management
and conservation practices on at least 60,000 acres.
Dairy Farm Stewardship Toolkit (California, Florida, Idaho, Michigan,
Minnesota, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas,
Washington, Wisconsin) - $1.102 million to the Dairy Science Institute,
Inc. to work with dairy farmers across 12 states to develop a decision
support tool that helps those farmers enhance their conservation efforts
to reduce greenhouse gases.
Demonstrating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions in California and
Mid-south Rice Production (Arkansas, California) - $1.089 million to the
Environmental Defense Fund to develop and implement a first-of-its-kind
initiative to demonstrate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in rice
Ducks Unlimited Avoided Grassland Conversion Carbon Project (North
Dakota, South Dakota) - $161,000 to Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to develop
tools for grassland producers to help them monetize or determine a value
for the carbon storage benefit of retaining rangeland that may otherwise
be converted to cropland on 10,000 acres in North Dakota and 15,000
acres in South Dakota.
Estimating Nitrous Oxide Reductions from Nutrient Management in the
Chesapeake Bay Watershed (Maryland, Virginia) - $455,000 to the
Chesapeake Bay Foundation to develop a tool for estimating Nitrous Oxide
reduction from nutrient management in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, and
to reduce technological and financial barriers to certifying carbon
offset credits generated by nutrient management.
Piloting Innovative Beef and Dairy Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
Strategies in U.S. Feedlots and Dairies (Indiana, Kansas, Michigan,
Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin) - $1.056 million to Unison
Resource Co. to pilot test methodologies that qualify carbon offsets and
that stimulate feed use efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
monetize carbon credits, and enhance economic viability in the beef and
Smart Nitrogen Application Program Demonstration Program Project (Iowa,
Illinois) - $1.429 million with The Fertilizer Institute to develop a
framework for delivering marketable carbon credits associated with
Nitrous Oxide emission reduction when producers implement nutrient
stewardship management practices on approximately 50,000 acres.
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