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CSU Monterey Bay receives $5 million USDA research grant

RCDMC is proud to be a partner in a new, USDA-funded project with Cal State Monterey Bay for “Developing capacity to quantify climate‐smart practices in cool season specialty crops”. The goals of the project are to encourage growers to adopt climate-smart practices by providing them financial incentives and then to evaluate the benefits to the environment and the participating growers’ businesses. The specific conservation practices to be promoted and evaluated in this project include reducing nitrogen fertilizer use, planting cover crops and applying compost. Under the grant, the RCD’s bilingual ag team will provide technical guidance for up to 88 underserved Central Coast farmers over the course of five years to implement those practices on their fields and receive financial incentives to cover their costs. The Monterey Herald recently published a story about the project.

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RCDMC Soil Scientist Awarded NRCS Conservation Planner of the Year

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) presented RCDMC Soil Scientist Laura Murphy with the “2021 Outstanding RCD Conservation Planner of the Year” Award in recognition of her work providing technical assistance to the historically underserved small-scale, Spanish-speaking farming community in Monterey County. NRCS produced a video to celebrate Laura’s resource stewardship and community service. 

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