USDA -- Modern Solutions for Environmental Challenges

This 6-minute video looks at some of the ways USDA is helping farmers, ranchers and forest landowners mitigate and adapt to climate change.
Date: June 05 2013

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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS):  Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) Program

NRCS provides funding opportunities for agriculturalists and others through various programs. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production. Under CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, Tribes, or individuals.

CIG enables NRCS to work with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and adoption of promising technologies and approaches to address some of the Nation's most pressing natural resource concerns. CIG benefit agricultural producers by providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations. NRCS administers CIG.

GHG CIG Projects

Conservation Innovation Grants - Greenhouse Gas Awardees: Fiscal Year 2011

In fiscal year 2011, USDA awarded CIG grants specifically for Greenhouse Gas mitigation opportunities.  To view a complete summary of the nine Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Greenhouse Gas click here. The information includes the state(s) in which the project will be carried out, the total amount of NRCS funding provided, project title, and a brief project description. 

Conservation Innovation Grants - Greenhouse Gas Market Awardees: Fiscal Year 2015

In fiscal year 2015, USDA awarded another round of CIG grants specifically focused on expanding greenhouse gas market opportunities.  To view a complete summary of the nine Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Greenhouse Gas Market projects click here. The document includes the total amount of NRCS funding provided, project title, and a brief project description.

Updated information on both the 2011 and 2015 CIG projects is located in the right-hand column of this page.

GHG CIG Contact

Adam Chambers, Ph.D.
Physical Scientist, Air Quality and Atmospheric Change Team
USDA-NRCS West National Technology Support Center
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1000
Portland OR 97232-1202
ph. 503.273.2410 fax: 503.273.2401
email: [email protected]

  • 2015 Featured Projects

  • Avoided Rangeland Conversion: A carbon offset program in South Dakota and North Dakota

  • Demonstration of a Scalable Nutrient Management Project

  • Developing a GHG Protocol for Restored and/or Avoided Drainage of Wetlands

  • Establishment of a Mid-South Environmental Stewardship Marketing Cooperative

  • Expanding the Carbon Offset Market for Working Rangelands

  • Promoting Rotational Grazing in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

  • Standardized Inventory Methodology, Analytical and Reporting Tools for Forest Carbon Projects

  • Stimulating Grassland Conservation through GHG Markets

  • Using Carbon Markets to Finance Grassland Conservation and Rangeland Restoration on Tribal Lands

  • 2011 Featured Projects

  • Agricultural Soil Carbon in the Palouse Region

  • Estimating Nitrous Oxide Reductions from Nutrient Management in the Chesapeake Watershed

  • Demonstrating GHG Emission Reductions in California and Midsouth Rice Production

  • Reducing N2O Losses from Cropping Systems for Environmental Credits with Fertilizer BMPs

  • Development of Protocols and Accounting Methods for Carbon Sequestration on US Rangelands

  • Bringing Greenhouse Gas Benefits to Market: Nutrient Management for Nitrous Oxide Reductions

  • Bovine Innovative Greenhouse Gas Solution

  • Avoided Grassland Conversion Carbon Project

  • Farm Smart Management System