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Wisconsin and Michigan Project to Receive Funds From Conservation Grants

Thursday, November 11th, 2021 -- 9:01 AM

(Wisconsin Ag Connection) The USDA announced it will award $25 million to conservation partners across the country for 18 new projects under the Conservation Innovation Grants On-Farm Conservation Innovation Trials program.

According to the Wisconsin Ag Connection, on-Farm Trials projects support widespread adoption and evaluation of innovative conservation approaches in partnership with agricultural producers.

This year's awarded projects increase the adoption of new approaches and technologies to help agricultural producers mitigate the effects of climate change, increase the resilience of their operations and boost soil health.

"Farmers, ranchers and forest landowners play a crucial role in charting the course towards a climate-smart future," said Terry Cosby, chief of USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"On-Farm Trials enable partners to work with producers to test and adopt new climate-smart systems on their operations that support agricultural production and conserve natural resources, while also building climate resilience."

Awarded projects include "Trialing Dietary Interventions to Mitigate Enteric Methane Emissions in Dairy Cattle," a project that will occur in Michigan and Wisconsin. Sixteen of the awarded projects outlined a plan to substantively include and benefit historically underserved producers.

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