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MRBI - Vermilion Headwaters Watershed


The application cutoff for Vermilion Headwaters is January 19 and March 16, 2018

The Vermilion Headwaters MRBI Project is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers for addressing water quality concerns.  The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in partnership with American Farmland Trust, has received funding for the Initiative.  This funding is available for landowners in portions of Livingston, Iroquois, Ford and McLean counties.  The project area covers approximately 254,319 acres.

Lead partner:  American Farmland Trust.

Project Goal:  The goals of the project are to improve water quality, reduce sediment and nutrient loads entering the watershed, and improve fish and wildlife habitat benefits.

Conservation Practice Funding:  Funding will be available to eligible landowners through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  NRCS will provide financial assistance for a variety of conservation practices for the purpose of reducing the amount of nutrient runoff and soil erosion associated with agriculture production.  Land and producer eligibility, adjusted gross income, and all other criteria for participation must be met to participate in this initiative.  Agricultural lands are eligible for enrollment in the initiative.

Funding will also be available to eligible operators through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) starting in Fiscal Year 2016.

How to apply for MRBI:  NRCS and associated conservation partners will deliver this program collaboratively.  Applications may be obtained and filed with the Natural Resources Conservation Service at: 


Livingston County
USDA Service Center
1510 West Reynolds
Pontiac, IL 61764
Phone: 815.844.6127 ext. 3

Ford County
USDA Service Center
1380 West Ottawa, P.O. Box 232
Paxton, IL 60957
Phone:  217.379.2371 ext. 3

McLean County
USDA Service Center
402 North Kays Drive
Normal, IL 61761
Phone:  309.452.0830 ext. 3

Iroquois County
USDA Service Center
1001 E. Grant Street, Suite A
Watseka, IL 60970
Phone:  815.432.3946 ext. 3


Additional Information

Vermilion Headwaters Watershed Ranking Criteria (DOCX, 53kb)