U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) - Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC)
06/21/21 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, private entities, tribal, local, and state government agencies, for-profits, and IHEs 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 2021, 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 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 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 5-7 in the Full Announcement document in Attached Files below.
NRCS also encourages all applicants to engage with and include the participation of Historically Underserved Producers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers in On-Farm Trials projects. Applicants 15 should consider partnerships with organizations that have experience working with Historically Underserved producers and have access to networks of these producers. The definition of Historically Underserved producers is available here: https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/national/people/outreach/slbfr/
GrantWatch ID#: 186076
The agency expects to make between ten and 25 award(s).
- Award Ceiling: $5,000,000
- Award Floor: $250,000
- On-Farm Trials projects may be between 3 and 5 years in duration.
- Applicants should plan their projects based on an estimated project start date of January 15, 2022.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Application portal: https://nrcs-sites.secure.force.com/
Potential applicants may contact NRCS with questions by emailing mailto:email@example.com. The email inbox is monitored by multiple people.
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