Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI)
The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is investing $58 million this year in the health of the Mississippi River basin, making a total of about $288 for the initiative to reduce nutrient and sediment run-off.
The first step in seeking NRCS assistance is to call your local USDA Service Center and make an appointment with NRCS staff that will help you identify the natural resource problems and opportunities on your farm, define your conservation objectives, and inventory your soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Much of this information will require a field visit to see your operation and to evaluate the resource concerns you may have. You can work with NRCS to develop a conservation plan. Financial assistance from NRCS farm bill programs or other Federal, State and local conservation programs may be available to help fund some of the conservation practices outlined in your plan.