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Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative(CCPI)

Passage of the 2008 Farm Bill has several opportunities for conservation partners to leverage their resources with FY14 EQIP technical and financial assistance provided by NRCS, in order to address mutually beneficial resource concerns on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.Cooperative Conservation Bee

Administered by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Mississippi Cooperative conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary Initiative.  CCPI allows landowners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands to use selected conservation programs and resources  from eligible partners that want to enhance conservation on agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands.

Partners include federally recognized State and local units of governments, producer associations, farmer cooperatives, colleges and universities and non-governmental organizations with a history of working closely with producers.  In 2009, four partners were selected to participate in CCPI in Mississippi.  These same four partners will be participants in FY14.  They are: Grenada County Cattle Association, Delta F.A.R.M., Wildlife Mississippi, and Mississippi Partners for Fish and Wildlife.  Each of these partners will work with NRCS to advertise and promote the program within the proposed designated geographic area.

A producer's land must be located within an approved CCPI project area to be considered for financial assistance through CCPI.  In fiscal year 2014, producers can apply for financial assistance by contacting the NRCS Office in your local USDA Service Center.

For additional information about CCPI go to http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/ccpi