The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Idaho will accept preliminary proposals for special projects through Feb. 1.

Such projects aim to enable agricultural producers, partners and NRCS to address local priorities by collaborating. The idea is to make a bigger impact by targeting specific resource concerns or a conservation area, NRCS Idaho State Conservationist Curtis Elke said in a release. The agency historically has approved soil health, water conservation and habitat enhancement projects, among others.

Applicants can request funding for one or two years. NRCS will select projects that are led locally and include a partnership alliance, the agency said.

Agricultural producers can submit preliminary proposals of two pages to local NRCS field offices. They should include an overview, and discussion of resource concerns addressed, anticipated practices, partner involvement and contributions — monetary or in-kind — cost estimate if fully funded, map of the project area and additional pertinent information to justify funding.

Online:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/id/home/

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