2011 Lower St. Francis MRBI Project
The Lower St. Francis - Mississippi River Basin Initiative (MRBI) Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns in the Lower St. Francis watershed. The project area encompasses 169,611 acres.
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with the Crittenden County Conservation District has received funding for the initiative. This funding is available for landowners in portions of Crittenden, Cross and St. Francis counties.
Collaborating partners are the University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture; Arkansas Natural Resources Commission; Arkansas Association of Conservation District; Cross County Conservation District; and St. Francis County Conservation District.
The goal of the project is to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural land in four adjacent 12-digit Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) watersheds in the Lower St. Francis Watershed by improving nutrient use efficiency and reducing runoff. Nutrient use efficiency will be gained by using variable rate fertilizer application rate technology. Reduced runoff will be gained by improved irrigation water management. Erosion control will also be accomplished by controlling runoff through land-leveling, planting cover crops and using residue and tillage management.
Conservation Practice Funding
Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). NRCS will provide cost-share for a variety of conservation practices for the purpose of reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agricultural production. Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other program criteria for participation in EQIP must be met to participate in this initiative. Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.
How to Apply for MRBI
NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively. Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at:
Crittenden County Marion FSC 1 Natural Resources Drive Marion, AR 72364 (870) 739-4464, ext. 3
Cross County Wynne FSC 810 Highway 64E, Suite 13 Wynne, AR 71396 (870) 238-3285, ext. 3
St. Francis County Forrest City FSC 4401 N. Washington, Suite A Forrest City, AR 72335 (870) 633-3055, ext. 3
Approved Conservation Practices*
329 Residue and Tillage Management, No Till
340 Cover Crop
345 Residue and Tillage Management, Mulch Till
410 Grade Stabilization Structure
430 Irrigation Pipeline
442 Irrigation System, Sprinkler
443 Irrigation System, Surface and Subsurface
449 Irrigation Water Management
464 Land Leveling
533 Pumping Plant
587 Structure for Water Control
590 Nutrient Management
646 Shallow Water Development Management
*Some restrictions may apply to some practices.
State Resource Conservationist
Assistant Conservationist for Programs