New Conservation Initiative Assists Specialty Crop Producers

Below is a press release from NRCS on a new program they have available in Mississippi:


A new initiative in Mississippi aims to encourage specialty crop producers to make conservation improvements to their operations. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance to help these producers enhance their farms while cleaning and conserving water and improving soil.

This initiative, part of NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), offers about $500,000 to Mississippi specialty crop producers, such as growers of potatoes, greens, beans, peas, pecans, blueberries and fruit trees. Growers of cotton, soybeans, peanuts and other recognized commodity crops are not eligible.

“We want to engage Mississippi’s specialty crop growers and encourage them to use conservation to boost production and improve the quality of our waterways and soil,” NRCS State Conservationist Homer Wilkes said.

Applications are due by Jan. 18 for the first ranking period. April 19 is the deadline for the second ranking period.

Assistance through this initiative will help producers install terraces, buffers and efficient irrigation systems, plant cover crops and implement other conservation activities.

All participants must meet conservation program eligibility requirements to receive financial assistance. This initiative places special emphasis on historically underserved producers during the ranking of applications.

For more information, contact your local field office or visit our website.


USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helps America’s farmers and ranchers conserve the Nation’s soil, water, air and other natural resources. All programs are voluntary and offer science-based solutions that benefit both the landowner and the environment.

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