The Center for Rural Affairs awarded grants from The Nebraska Environmental Trust
Center for Rural Affairs
April 19, 2005
(LYONS, NE) The Nebraska Environmental Trust will award the Center for Rural Affairs $81,000 to fund two important land stewardship projects.
“One of the first steps to meeting organic certification requirements is that the land be ‘chemical-free’ for a period of 36 months,” explains Martin KIeinschmit, Sustainable Agriculture specialist for the Center for Rural Affairs. “Many farmers find this transition period to be a huge psychological and physical hurdle.”
An organic incentive project, "A Management Alternative to Agriculture Chemicals," was developed by the Center to reduce the financial risk to farmers who are transitioning to organic growing methods.
The second project, "Building the Base: Carbon Sequestration in Nebraska" is based on a successful pilot program developed by the Center in 2001. The current project focuses on statewide education of the benefits that come with the adoption of farming and ranching practices that conserve or build soil carbon levels in Nebraska.
“Building the Base expands the carbon sequestration project activities to four more Natural Resource District’s” said Kleinschmit, “the Upper Niobrara White, Nemaha, Papio-Missouri River Omaha and Lower Elkhorn, while continuing to monitor farmers’ activities in the original project area, the Lewis and Clark NRD.”
The organic transition and carbon sequestration projects are partially funded through grants from The Nebraska Environmental Trust. The trust is funded by proceeds of the Nebraska Lottery and private donations and has awarded more than $89 million to conservation projects in Nebraska since 1994.
Kleinschmit was on hand in Lincoln on Tuesday, April 19, to accept the grant awards during a ceremony in the Warner Chamber of the state capitol.
For more information regarding the Center’s organic transition or carbon sequestration projects please contact Martin Kleinschmit at the Center for Rural Affairs, Hartington office, Phone: 402-254-6893 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.