The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Mississippi Water Conservation Management Project (MWCMP) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). Applications received by March 18, 2016 will be considered in the first ranking period for the MWCMP.
The MWCMP is a voluntary conservation program that focuses on using management practices to address serious conservation issues related to water quantity. Owners and operators of irrigated agricultural lands must meet the EQIP eligibility requirements and be within the Mississippi River Valley Aquifer (MRVA). This program provides a rate of compensation for dikes, grade stabilization structures, irrigation, pumping plants and water control structures.
MRVA covers the Mississippi Delta counties of Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.
"This is an excellent opportunity to help our Mississippi producers voluntarily address the critical water supply concerns in the Mississippi Delta", stated Kurt Readus, Mississippi NRCS State Conservationist.
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/