NRCS, an agency under the USDA, in the New Mexico State Office, is seeking to partner with, and support the efforts of, natural resource conservation partners and promote public awareness and implementation of conservation activities including, but not limited to, conducting conservation outreach workshops and training, that will help educate New Mexico’s agricultural community, private landowners, conservation organizations, cooperating agencies, acequias, and land grants. Proposals must be for projects based in New Mexico and focus on conservation. Research proposals will not be accepted, nor considered as part of this announcement.
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The purpose of this announcement is to partner with and support the efforts of natural resource conservation partners, and to promote public awareness and implementation of conservation activities including, but not limited to, conducting conservation outreach workshops and training. This will help educate New Mexico’s agricultural community, private landowners, conservation organizations, cooperating agencies, acequias, land grants, and general citizenry.
Conservation partners are invited to apply for NRCS assistance for the following opportunities:
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- Conservation Outreach Workshops: Promote public awareness of NRCS programs, and further the development of NRCS relationships with its conservation partners and participants, women agricultural producers, veterans, minority and limited resource landowners, beginning farmers, and historically underserved agricultural producers, producers in urban areas, acequias, and land grants. Direct involvement of conservation partners will enhance effectiveness of programs and ensure widest dissemination to the public while, also, offering an opportunity to provide information on current agricultural topics of interest to underserved segments of the regional agricultural population.
- Technical Workshops and/or Field Days on Native Plant Community Adoption, and/or Pollinator Habitat: Provide learning opportunities to educate New Mexico agricultural producers who are following or considering native plant communities in rangeland systems. Opportunities will provide education and demonstration on topics including, but not limited to plant establishment, management techniques, details regarding rotational grazing and stockpiling, and native plant community adoption. Applicant must demonstrate the capability to unite members of the agriculture science and technology communities to share their knowledge with producers and other interested parties.
- Organic and Specialty Crop Workshops: Provide learning opportunities to educate New Mexico agricultural producers, who are following or considering the use of organics, or considering transitioning to organic cropping systems for vegetables, fruits, specialty crops, produce, berries, and non-traditional agricultural production efforts in New Mexico. Examples include: Promotion and expansion of field-to-market efforts; voluntary landowner supported efforts to educate producers on how to implement organic farming techniques and improve understanding of organic labeling, marketing, and organic production benefits; and encourage technical assistance, education, research, technology transfer, and public awareness of economically and environmentally sustainable agricultural production techniques associated with organic and specialty crop production.
The total amount of Federal funding the agency expects to award through this opportunity is up to $100,000.
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Projects will be 1 year in duration. Applicants should plan their projects based on a project start date of September 1, 2020.
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- City or township governments
- County governments
- Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
- Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS (other than institutions of higher education)
- Public and State-controlled institutions of higher education
- State governments
For more information, visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=327113
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