USDA initiative funds available for Mississippi Delta

USDA initiative funds available for Mississippi Delta

 This is a news release from the United States Department of Agriculture

The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

The MRBI program will assist landowners and producers that voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that help to control nutrient runoff from agricultural lands. It will help to improve water quality in five Mississippi watersheds within the Mississippi River Basin that feed into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico.

This financial assistance program is targeted for five Mississippi watersheds within the Mississippi River Basin. The watersheds include Christmas Lake Bayou, Stillwater Bayou, Brook Bayou, Tommie Bayou and Long Lake that are in portions of Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. The project will provide an investment of $1.9 million in 2015 to Mississippi Delta growers.

The application deadline is July 17, 2015.

Producers can apply for financial assistance by contacting the NRCS office in their local USDA Service Center. To locate an office, please go to http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app. For more information, visit our website at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/ms/home/.

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