Welcome to the new Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Mississippi website! Tabs at the top of the page link to general NRCS information. For Mississippi's specific information, continue scrolling down the page.
For more than 80 years, NRCS has helped people make conservation investments in their operations and local communities to support working lands, boost rural economies, and improve the quality of our soil, water, and air.
Through one-on-one, personalized advice, NRCS works with agricultural producers and economy on a voluntary basis to meet their conservation goals. By doing so, we help ensure the health of our natural resources and the long-term sustainability of American agriculture.
Who Are We
The Natural Resources Conservation (NRCS) draws on history of helping people help the land. NRCS has worked in close partnerships with farmers and ranchers, local and state government, and other federal agencies to maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.
Mississippi USDA-NRCS helps protect producers conserve our valuable natural resources, which services all 82 counties across the state.
What We Do
We provide service to all private landowners who are interested in restoring and enhancing our sprawling landscape through a unique partnership with landowners, conservation districts, state and local governments, and rural and urban citizens.
- NRCS provides one-on-one, personal advice on the best solutions to meet the unique conservation and business goals of those who grow our nation's food and fiber.
- NRCS helps people make investments in their operations and local communities to keep working lands working, boost rural economies, increase the competitiveness of American agriculture, and improve the health of our air, water, soil, and habitat.
- NRCS generates, manages, and shares the data, technology and standards that enable partners and policymakers to make decision informed by objective reliable science.
Popular Conservation Topics
MS NRCS Employee Links!
NRCS Employee Web Resources
- Concur Travel System
- Conservation Desktop
- eDirectives System
- Employee Personal Page
- Exhibits & Displays
- FA Tracker
- FMI document management system
- FOTG - Field Office Technical Guide
- FSA Compliance Review System
- My FPAC website
- National Planning Procedures Handbook
- National Handbook of Conservation Practices
- National Publications & Distribution Center (previously LANDCARE)
- NEST (Easements Staging Tool)
- New Employee Information
- NFC - National Finance Center
- PRS – Performance and Results Measurement System
- Receipt for Service
- Resource Stewardship (RSET)
- Science & Technology Training Library
- Soil Resources
- Thrift Savings Plan
- Vehicle Management Tool
- Mississippi SharePoint
Mississippi's Important Dates
- ACEP, October 28, 2022
- CSP sign-up deadline, February 9, 2023
- EQIP, October 28, 2022
State Payment Schedule
NRCS provides financial assistance for selected conservation practices. The availability and amount of financial assistance can vary between states.
Civil Rights Committee
The National Civil Rights Advisory Committee to the Chief (NCRACC) is designed to provide management officials and employees with counsel and advice to enhance and ensure compliance with their equal employment opportunity and program delivery responsibilities.
State Technical Committee
State Technical Committees serve in an advisory capacity to the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the implementation of the natural resources conservation provisions of Farm Bill legislation.
How to Get Assistance
Do you farm or ranch and want to make improvements to the land that you own or lease?
Natural Resources Conservation Service offers technical and financial assistance to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.
To get started with NRCS, we recommend you stop by your local NRCS field office. We’ll discuss your vision for your land.
NRCS provides landowners with free technical assistance, or advice, for their land. Common technical assistance includes: resource assessment, practice design and resource monitoring. Your conservation planner will help you determine if financial assistance is right for you.
We’ll walk you through the application process. To get started on applying for financial assistance, we’ll work with you:
- To fill out an AD 1026, which ensures a conservation plan is in place before lands with highly erodible soils are farmed. It also ensures that identified wetland areas are protected.
- To meet other eligibility certifications.
Once complete, we’ll work with you on the application, or CPA 1200.
Applications for most programs are accepted on a continuous basis, but they’re considered for funding in different ranking periods. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the ranking period to ensure you turn in your application in time.
As part of the application process, we’ll check to see if you are eligible. To do this, you’ll need to bring:
- An official tax ID (Social Security number or an employer ID)
- A property deed or lease agreement to show you have control of the property; and
- A farm tract number.
If you don’t have a farm tract number, you can get one from USDA’s Farm Service Agency. Typically, the local FSA office is located in the same building as the local NRCS office. You only need a farm tract number if you’re interested in financial assistance.
NRCS will take a look at the applications and rank them according to local resource concerns, the amount of conservation benefits the work will provide and the needs of applicants.
If you’re selected, you can choose whether to sign the contract for the work to be done.
Once you sign the contract, you’ll be provided standards and specifications for completing the practice or practices, and then you will have a specified amount of time to implement. Once the work is implemented and inspected, you’ll be paid the rate of compensation for the work if it meets NRCS standards and specifications.