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

Sign-Up Deadline, July 2, 2012,  for Lower St. Francis  project  in Cross, Crittenden, Mississippi  and Poinsett counties

Little Rock, Ark., June 14, 2012 – Farmers and landowners in portions of Cross, Crittenden, Mississippi and Poinsett counties in Arkansas have until July 2, 2012, to submit applications to receive financial assistance to implement conservation practices through the Northeast Arkansas Association of Conservation District, Lower St. Francis 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.

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 at www.ar. nrcs.usda.gov/programs/mrbi.html.