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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

 

NORTHEY: FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR CONSERVATION RESEARCH AND DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS
Assistance available to support projects focused on improving environmental quality

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced the State Soil Conservation Committee Research and Demonstration Fund has assistance available to support research or education/demonstration projects that explore sustainable agriculture and projects focused on reducing nonpoint pollution.  Funds are available to collaborative teams of scientists, farmers, institutions, soil and water conservation districts and educators.

Applications must be submitted to the State Soil Conservation Committee by April 3, 2013 and funding decisions will be made in July.

“These funds are designed to help generate new techniques and conservation practices that can help landowners as they continue their work to better protect our soil and water,” Northey said.  “Landowners have many conservation tools available and this program is designed to help generate even more practices to reduce erosion and protect water quality.”

Proposals must address issues of nonpoint pollution control. Successful projects should be focused on sustaining and improving environmental quality or the natural resource base on which agriculture depends.  Applications should also explain how the projects would enhance the quality of life for farmers, rural communities, and society as a whole.

Proposals should clearly explain expected outcomes for the project and how they will assist in working toward these objectives, how project outcomes will be evaluated, and the impact of projects.

“We are looking for projects that make a contribution to the greater good and help us continue towards our goal of better soil and water protection,” said Jean Eells, a member of the State Soil Conservation Committee.

Funding level for the grant program is established by the State Soil Conservation Committee and it is anticipated that $250,000 will be available this year. Individual grants cannot exceed $75,000 total over a two year period.  Support for these projects comes from the Environment First Fund.

More information about applying for assistance can be found at www.IowaAgriculture.gov and then click on “Conservation” at the top of the page.  Interested applicants can also contact Tarrita Spicer with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship at 515-281-5851 or Tarrita.spicer@iowaagriculture.gov.

 

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