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Jeannine May

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Mississippi Edge of Field Initiative Signup Announced

Jackson, MS, May 16, 2013 - USDA/s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced a signup for the Edge of Field Initiative under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  The signup is continuous for participants in Tippah (662-837-4464) and Benton (662-224-3379) counties that have been submitted by close of business on June 14, 2013, will be ranked and considered for 2013 funding.  The program is a new edge-of-field water quality monitoring conservation activities effort.  These activities are designed to address three primary purposes:  1) evaluate conservation system performance, 2) validate and calibrate models, and 3) inform on-farm adaptive management.   

"Edge-of-Field Water Quality Monitoring is to support the implementation of these new conservation activities," stated Dr. Homer L. Wilkes, State Conservationist for NRCS in Mississippi.  "Participants will be eligible to receive funding for a monitoring opportunity in the Tippah watershed located in Benton and Tippah counties in Mississippi."

Participants enrolled in the program will focus primarily on data collection and system installation within the Tippah watershed area.  The resource concerns addressed under this initiative will be Water Quality: Excessive Nutrients and Organics in Surface Water and Water Quality: Excessive Suspended Dediment and Turbidity in Surface Water.

Landowners and producers interested in participation in the Edge of Field Quality Monitoring may apply at any time at their local USDA Service Center NRCS office.  All applications submitted by close of business on June 14, 2013, will be ranked in the first ranking cut-off and considered for the 2013 funding, providing the participant meets the eligibility requirements.

For additional information on the 2013 Edge of Field Initiative signup, contact the Tippah or Benton NRCS Office.

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