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Kansas State University is one of 58 recipients of a Conservation Innovation Grant from the United States Department of Agriculture.
The agency is providing $25 million in grants for research to conserve America's private lands.
The university will lead a project with the state and Missouri titled, "Development and Adoption of No-till and Minimum Tillage Vegetable Production Systems in the Midwest." The goal is to provide innovative approaches to improve soil health, increase pollinator and wildlife habitat, address livestock manure management, produce on-farm energy savings and foster water quality trade markets.
Grant winners pay 50 percent of project costs.
"Conservation Innovation Grants will help spur creativity and problem-solving in our nation's farms, ranches and forests," said Eric Banks, state conservationist for the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Services. "Conservation grants will allow the best minds in America to develop unique and innovative solutions that will help make conservation more efficient in the future."
Projects run by the University of Arkansas and the Curators of the University of Missouri will also have Kansas ties.