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August 22, 2011

SISC and SureHarvest awarded Conservation Innovation Grant

WASHINGTON, August 22, 2011 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded SureHarvest and SISC a $761,820 Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) to help specialty crop owners measure their performance in sustainable practices.  The grant allows SISC to continue its work developing a way for companies to identify and track sustainable processes and materials in their supply chain and do in field pilot testing, said Jeff Dlott, founding president of SureHarvest.   "This is a project we've been working on since 2008," Dlott said. Acting as lead for the pilot testing component "helps us really stay on the cutting edge of what's practical and useful in managing sustainability."

Through CIG, the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is investing nearly $22.5 million in innovative conservation technologies and approaches that address a broad array of existing and emerging natural resource issues.

"We're announcing more than 52 grants today—these are 52 opportunities to help some of America's top agricultural and conservation institutions, foundations and businesses develop unique approaches to enhancing and protecting natural resources on agricultural lands," said Vilsack. "The grants will help to spur creativity and problem solving to benefit conservation-minded farmers and ranchers. Everyone who relies upon the sustainability of our nation's natural resources for clean water, food and fiber, or their way of life, will benefit from these grants."