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Agricultural Water Enhancement

Mississippi AWEP General Guidance Information


The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) is a voluntary conservation initiative that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land for the purposes of conserving surface and ground water and improving water quality. As part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), AWEP operates through program contracts with producers to plan and implement conservation practices in project areas established through partnership agreements. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated the authority for AWEP to the Chief of NRCS. Under AWEP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) enters into partnership agreements with eligible entities that want to promote ground and surface water conservation or improve water quality on agricultural lands. 

Program Description

Each fiscal year, NRCS may make AWEP financial and technical assistance available to eligible owners and operators of agricultural lands who participate in approved AWEP project areas. Within Mississippi, only producers located within the Tunica County AWEP Proposal Area and the Mississippi Delta AWEP Proposal Area are eligible for financial and technical assistance.

As authorized by Congress, this is not a grant program to eligible partners. This is a program whereby approved, eligible partners will enter into multi-year agreements with NRCS to promote ground and surface water conservation, or improve water quality on eligible agricultural lands. The intent of AWEP is for the Federal government to leverage investment in natural resources conservation along with services and non-Federal resources of other eligible partners. Individual producers are not eligible to submit a partnership proposal.


Owners and operators engaged in livestock or agricultural production may be eligible for the program. Eligible land includes cropland, rangeland, pasture, private non-industrial forestland, and other farm or ranch lands. Producers must submit a program application to be considered for financial assistance through AWEP.


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Greg Brinson
Asst. State Conservationist(Program)
Phone #: 601-965-4139 ext. 2111


Clarence Finley
Resource Conservationist
Phone #: 601-965-4940 ext. 2114
If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 2166.


AWEP Guidance and Ranking Tool
 FY 2013 Delta AWEP Guidance
2013 AWEP Delta Ranking Tool

FY203 Tunica AWEP Guidance
20103 AWEP HU Payment Schedule

Kurt Readus, Asst. State Conservation (Programs) Phone: (601) 965-5205 ext. 111 Email:
Clarence Finley, Resource Conservationist Phone: (601) 965-4339 ext. 114 Email:
If you encounter any problems with the files provided on this page, please contact Yolanda Jackson at 601-965-4139 ext. 166.