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Frontier Receives Conservation Grant

Mar 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 (Lincoln, NE) – In late 2019, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced recipients of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) under the 2018 Farm Bill Conservation Title. As part of this announcement, Frontier Cooperative received the exciting news that a joint proposal from Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN and the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS) was awarded $1.5 million in funding to work with agricultural retailers in support of innovative new on-farm stewardship practices.
 
The project, titled "Advancing Precision Nutrient and Soil Health Management with Retailer Cooperatives," will help ag retailers in the Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN network set up innovation trial programs for growers over the next three years. The ag retailer cooperatives will use this funding to accelerate the adoption of precision nutrient management and soil health practices in Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas.
 
Frontier Cooperative is one of four ag retailers to be part of this CIG and is the only one in Nebraska. Frontier will be working with 12 producers as part of a three-year project to test precision zone nutrient management and inter-seeding cover crop strategies and evaluate the agronomic, economic and environmental results. The goal is to increase the on-farm adoption of precision conservation techniques that can improve ROI, profitability and sustainability.
 
The improved Conservation Innovation Grant program is one of many policy changes in the 2018 Farm Bill. Now those policy improvements are making a difference to make on-farm conservation practices easier and more accessible to farmers and ag retailers.
 
To learn more about the grant, read the NRCS announcement here. Stay tuned for additional details about the program in the coming months.



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