The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded Conservation Innovation Grants (CIGs)
to the B.F. Smith Foundation-Delta F.A.R.M. in the amount of $438,750 and to
the Holmes County Food Hub for $640,775.
CIG, Environmental Quality Incentives Program funds are used to award
competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental
organizations, Tribes, or individuals. At least 50 percent of the total cost of
CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and
in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient. Grantees must work with
producers and forestland owners to develop and demonstrate the new technologies
and approaches. The grants are funded through the Environmental Quality
F.A.R.M. Program began operation in the summer of 1998. The organization serves
the farmers and landowners of the Mississippi Delta by providing technical
information on conservation practices and promoting their current conservation
Holmes County Food Hub started in 2013 and assists small famers with marketing and promoting
their Mississippi grown products to schools throughout Mississippi. They also
promote new technologies to small farmers such as sub surface irrigation and
poly-culture crop growth.
"We are excited to see receipt
of CIG's in Mississippi," stated Mississippi NRCS State Conservationist Kurt
Readus. "It will help provide innovative ways to promote sustainable agriculture
throughout our great state."
provides funding opportunities
agriculturalists and others through various programs. CIG enables NRCS to work
with other public and private entities to accelerate technology transfer and
adoption of promising technologies to address some of the Nation's most
pressing natural resource concerns. CIG will benefit agricultural producers by
providing more options for environmental enhancement and compliance with
Federal, State, and local regulations.
The funding was made possible by the 2014 Farm
Bill. For more information, visit www.usda.gov/farmbill.
locate your nearest NRCS office, visit; http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.