Conservation Innovation Grants (CGI) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in agriculture and food systems. The intent of the state component of CIG is to provide flexibility to NRCS State Conservationists to target CIG funds to individual producers and smaller organizations that may provide promising innovations.For more info on Oregon CGI Program, or to apply go to: http://www.or.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/CIG/cig-2011/2011_Oregon_CIG.html NRCS Oregon requests applications for Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. For fiscal year 2011, up to $486,000 may be available for the Oregon statewide CIG competition. Fiscal Year 2011, one category, the State Resource Concern Category, will be offered in Oregon. This category may include applications that focus on Market-based Approaches, Ecosystem Services, Environmental Credit Trading, or related conservation approaches and tools. Beginning or Socially Disadvantaged farmers or ranchers or eligible entities servicing Beginning or Socially Disadvantaged farmers or ranchers are encouraged to submit application(s), and will receive special consideration in the selection process. To participate in the Oregon CIG sign-up, project proposals should request federal funds of $75,000 or less and must be implemented within the state of Oregon. Proposals must be submitted by March 31, 2011.