USDA awards Delaware college large grant

The University of Delaware will receive close to $1 million from the USDA in the form of a Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to tackle natural resource concerns within the agriculture industry. 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently made the announcement and also shared that a total of $26 million in Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) will be awarded nationwide for projects that test and prove innovative approaches to conserving private lands.

“These grants will help spur creative solutions to address natural resource concerns of our nation’s waterways, farms, and forests,” said Russell Morgan, State Conservationist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Meanwhile at the University of Delaware, grant money will help the school capture nitrogen and air pollutant emissions from poultry operations plus achieve multiple goals. Some of the goals include helping broiler producers adopt effective strategies to improve their environmental performance, meeting regulation requirements on air and water quality as well as achieving sustainable, productive, and profitable broiler producing operations.

“Conservation grants allow the best minds in America to develop unique and innovative solutions that will help make conservation more efficient in the future,” said Morgan.

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