The USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, which announced the fund on Wednesday, said the science developed as a result of the grants would provide assistance to those working in agriculture.
Projects being funded include Montana State University working with cattle producers to adopt grazing techniques for cattle that create a sustainable environment for the greater sage-grouse.
The grants will be made under the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's (AFRI) Critical Agricultural Research and Extension (CARE) program, and addresses priorities set out in the 2014 Farm Bill.
“It is essential to promote partnerships between researchers, extension experts, and producers to ensure the success of American agriculture,” said Sonny Ramaswamy, NIFA director. “The CARE program is centred on the swift identification of problems, creation of solutions, and prevention of interruptions or issues that impact farmers' ability to provide a safe and abundant food supply for our nation.”