USDA To Invest $15 Million In Innovative Projects For Climate-Smart Agriculture, Community Agriculture & Addressing Invasive Species

Bozeman, MT, Aug. 10 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced it will invest $15 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. Through CIG, grantees work to address our nation’s water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while supporting agricultural production. This year’s funding priorities are climate-smart agriculture, addressing invasive species and conservation in community agricultural systems.

“The challenges that Montana farmers and ranchers face require innovative solutions to support their continued ability to produce the food and fiber we all depend on,” said Tom Watson, State Conservationist for Montana. “While we recognize challenges from invasive species to water quality and quantity, we also see opportunities like those emerging for community agriculture and local, resilient food systems. We’re eager to help our nation’s farmers and ranchers address these challenges and opportunities, and science and innovation will help get us there.”

For the fiscal 2022 award process, at least 10% of the total funds available are set aside for proposals that entirely benefit historically underserved (HU) producers. This HU set-aside will ensure that equity is incorporated in the planning and delivery of CIG projects to align with NRCS’s Justice 40 goals. HU applicants can also waive the non-Federal match requirements.

Applications are being accepted now through Oct. 11. Private entities whose primary business is related to agriculture, nongovernmental organizations with experience working with agricultural producers and non-federal government agencies are eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, visit

For more information about the Conservation Innovation Grants program, visit the NRCS website.


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