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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.