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California conservation organizations to receive funds for innovation
California's acting state conservationist Gayle Norman has revealed more than $438,800 in conservation innovation grants have been approved for eight local organizations in a move that may boost business career opportunities throughout the state.
The funds are provided by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and will assist the groups in supporting their operations which include helping agricultural producers sustain natural resources.
"The program enables USDA to review, field test and demonstrate new practices and ideas," says Norman.
"The program also provides an excellent opportunity for public-private partnerships that can effectively promote innovative technologies and approaches to environmental enhancement on working lands," she adds.
Among the recipients is the Napa County Resource Conservation District which will receive $46,185 to develop best plants and practices for conservation with the goal of adding them to the NRCS Vegetative Guide Database.
As green agriculture projects have been receiving increased funding in recent years, those who sign up for a masters or doctoral program in environmental sciences are likely to see bright employment prospects upon graduation.
Official statistics suggest demand for environmental scientists and specialists is growing at a brisk pace, averaging 25 percent per year, and some individuals in the field earn more than $94,670.