U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
09/22/22 11:59 PM ET Receipt
Grants to USA agencies, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and tribes 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 2022, 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 impact but which, for any number of reasons, have not yet been more widely adopted by producers.
On-Farm Trials funding is designed to provide technical assistance and incentive payments to producers to help compensate for 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) impacts of implementing innovative approaches are understood and can be used to inform future NRCS program, policy, and science activities.
NRCS intends to use the results of On-Farm Trials project evaluations and analyses to explore developing new or modifying existing guidance documents, technical tools, conservation practice standards, and NRCS business practices.
NRCS gives priority to projects that implement innovative conservation approaches applicable to a range of agricultural operation sizes and types.
The SHD component of On-Farm Trials focuses exclusively on implementation of conservation practices and systems that improve soil health. SHD awardees must agree to follow consistent soil health assessment protocols to evaluate the effects of practice and system implementation.
On-Farm Trials Priorities:
For more details on program priorities, see pp. 7-10 in the Full Announcement in Attached Files below.
NRCS is committed to the success of the nation’s Historically Underserved (HU) producers, businesses, and partners. HU producers play a vital role in securing a healthy agricultural economy for the country and are momentous leaders in protecting, enhancing, and sustaining valuable natural resources. NRCS encourages proposal submissions from entities that represent or are focused on working with HU producers. For further details, see pp. 17-18 of the Full Announcement in Attached Files below.
GrantWatch ID#: 186076
The agency expects to make between 10 and 20 award(s).
- Estimated Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
- Estimated Award Floor: $250,000
These numbers refer to the total agreement amount, not a specific budget period.
Projects may be between 3 and 5 years in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of April 1, 2023.
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