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April 25, 2013

USDA Announces Second Sign-Up Deadline for Tyronza Mississippi River Basin Initiative Project

Sign-Up Deadline, May 24, 2013, for Tyronza MRBI project in Mississippi and Poinsett counties

Little Rock, Ark., April 24, 2013 – Farmers and landowners in the approved watershed for portions of Mississippi and Poinsett counties in Arkansas have until May 24, 2013, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Tyronza Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative (MRBI) project.  The ranking process will be completed by June 3, 2013.

Under MRBI, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide technical and financial assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for the project.  The goal of the project, sponsored by the Mississippi County Conservation District, is to reduce the nutrient loss from agricultural land 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 several approved conservation practices to address the resource concerns such as:  conservation crop rotation, residue management, cover crop, nutrient management, irrigation water management, and filter strips.  A complete list of approved practices, information about the project and the project area map is available at www.ar.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/mrbi.html

For more information, contact one of the following NRCS Field Service Centers:  Mississippi County,(870) 563-3207 , ext. 3; and Poinsett County, (870) 578-2444, ext. 3.

 

 

Arkansas’s next prescription drug take back will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013, from 10 AM until 2 PM.                

All Arkansans are encouraged to again return their expired and unneeded prescription and over-the-counter drugs at sites provided by law enforcement officers statewide.  Due to tremendous participation in prescription drug take back events and the success of other state initiatives, youth prescription drug abuse rates in Arkansas have fallen each of the last three years. Over 23 ½ tons of pills, estimated at 66 million, have been collected so far, and this puts our state at #4 in the country in weight collected per capita. To put this into perspective, the weight of pills collected to date is equivalent to the weight of about four school buses.

Participation is again very simple. Simply collect all unneeded medications, remove the pill bottle labels to insure privacy, and bring them to law enforcement officers stationed at the collection site of your choice on April 27. For more information and to and find the site nearest you, please visit http://www.artakeback.org/.

Every time you practice responsible disposal of prescription drugs by taking part in a take back event or by using a prescription drug drop box, you become part of the solution to our state’s prescription abuse challenges. Over 60% of teens report that getting drugs from family medicine cabinets is easy, and minimizing the chances that your medications become someone else’s abused drugs starts with cleaning out your own medicine cabinet.

This initiative is sponsored by DHS, DEA, the Office of the Drug Director, the Office of Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern and Western District of Arkansas, the Arkansas State Police, the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, the Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police, the Arkansas State Board of Pharmacy, Arkansas Rotary Clubs, Arkansas Business Publishing Group, and more than two hundred forty other federal, state, and local government agencies, law enforcement agencies, prevention coalitions, businesses, media organizations, and community groups statewide.

 

Commentary: Keep CRP at work in new Farm Bill 
The Dickinson Press
In the 1980s, “public concern increased over the damage caused by agricultural erosion and water runoff carrying sediments, nutrients and pesticides into water bodies,” the University of Florida’s Extension Service reports. Studies indicated that the nation’s cropland was eroding and suffering soil losses at rates exceeding 3 billion tons per year. But thanks to the Conservation Reserve Program, which pays farmers to take highly erodible or environmentally sensitive land out of production for 10 years, that trend has been reversed.

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Farmers, ranchers work to conserve biggest aquifer in the US.
Ag Professional
With the help of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, farmers and ranchers are working hard to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer, a 225,000-square-mile underground basin vital to agriculture, municipal and industrial development. The aquifer stretches from western Texas to South Dakota and supports nearly one-fifth of the wheat, corn, cotton and cattle produced in the United States. Many farmers are switching their irrigation systems from gravity to sprinkler center pivots and subsurface drip irrigation systems, which can increase pumping efficiencies by at least 40 percent.

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