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USDA Announces Projects to Protect Natural Resources In the Mississippi River Basin

June 14, 2012
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Sign-Up Deadline: July 1, 2012

Farmers and landowners in portions of the counties listed below have until July 1, 2012, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) project.

Under MRBI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for the project.

 

Middle Bayou Macon project in Chicot and Desha counties

The goal of the project is to improve nutrient management in the watershed, especially the application and utilization of nitrogen and phosphorus; reduce nutrient loads entering the watershed; maintain agricultural productivity; enhance wetlands; improve fish and wildlife habitat; and improve water quality and biological health in streams.

The project has been developed to address the primary resource concern of water quality in the Bayou Macon Watershed. Secondary resource concerns include water quantity, soil erosion, wildlife habitat and stream habitats.

Landowners interested in signing up or wanting more information should contact one of the following NRCS Field Service Centers: Chicot County, (870) 265-2608, ext. 3; or Desha County (870) 222-4867, ext. 3.

 

Point Remove  project in  Conway, Yell, Pope and Van Buren counties

The goal of the five-year project, sponsored by the Point Remove Wetlands Reclamation and Irrigation District, is to reduce the nutrient loss from agricultural land (primary crops are soybean, corn and wheat) through improved nutrient use efficiency and reduced runoff from agricultural fields.  The focus of the conservation efforts will be utilization of conservation practices to reduce nutrient runoff and improve irrigation water management. There are many conservation practices available for landowners such as underground irrigation pipeline for irrigation.

Landowners interested in signing up or wanting more information should contact one of the following NRCS Field Service Centers: Conway County, (501) 354-2000, ext. 3; Yell County, (479) 495-2441 ext. 3; Pope County, (479) 968-3881, ext. 3; or Van Buren County (501) 745-5161, ext. 3.

 

Lower St. Francis  project in Cross, Crittenden, Mississippi  and Poinsett counties

The goal of the conservation partners involved is to reduce the nutrient loss from agricultural land (primarily cropped to rice and soybeans) through improved nutrient use efficiency and reduced runoff from agricultural fields.  The focus of the conservation efforts will be utilization of variable rate fertilizer application rate technology and improved irrigation water management.

Landowners interested in signing up or wanting more information should contact one of the following NRCS Field Service Centers: Cross County, (870) 238-3285, ext. 3; Crittenden County, (870) 739-4464 ext. 3; Mississippi County, (870) 563-3207; or Poinsett County (870) 578-2444, ext. 3.

 

 

Additional information about the MRBI project, a project area map and conservation practices, is available here.

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