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USDA announces FY 2016 Conservation Innovation Grant National Awardees

(Below is a cutout/partial list of the Fiscal Year 2016 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) National awardees. The information includes the project location, the amount of funding, the project title and a brief description of activities and anticipated outcomes.)

OBHRPI Closes CIG Activities for 2016-2018 USDA-NRCS Programs

Obhrpi wraps up 2014-2015 CIG activities
OBHRPI Concluded its final year of the initial Two Year Conservation Innovative Grant. The OBHRPI successfully completed all it's planned projects which included the installation of several Solar Water Well systems through the state of Okla.  Per USDA personnel, there has already been a significant increase in the number of Solar powered water wells requested via the NRCS EQIP program.  OBHRPI will continue to highlight available programs from all USDA Agencies but will put emphasis on those programs an opportunities available from NRCS.

USDA announces FY 2013 Conservation Innovation Grant National Awardees

(Below is a cutout/partial list of the Fiscal Year 2013 Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) National awardees. The information includes the project location, the amount of funding, the project title and a brief description of activities and anticipated outcomes.)

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project (OK) (Funded)

Enhancing Agricultural Production for Native American and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers

Native American and Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers (NA&SDFR) in Oklahoma face many challenges including: high costs of production with poor economies of scale due to their small sizes; difficulty accessing government programs, such as field crop/commodity programs; and less access to farm credit both public and private. USDA has introduced a number of programs to address these farmers needs, and is working to raise awareness of the USDA and its programs by sharing information. This project has a dual purpose: to further enhance NA&SDFR access to USDA programs; and to improve NA&SDFR's agricultural production capacity and drought resilience. Project methods include enhancing networks and collaborations with NA&SDFR in Oklahoma; identifying NA&SDFR needs; identifying NA&SDFRs obstacles to participation in USDA programs; developing culturally sensitive outreach and training programs to enhance NA&SDFR awareness of and participation in USDA programs; developing a culturally appropriate protocol for building trust and enhancing NA&SDFR access to USDA programs; and enhancing NA&SDFR adoption of solar water pumps and other green technology to help improve drought resilience.

                                                               OBHRPI Farmer Outreach
"Renewable Energy and the FARM"
Willard Tillman And David Stephens of OBHRPI
discuss renewable Energy Application with Soutwest Oklahoma Farmer.

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