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USDA/NRCS Soil Health Initiative in Mississippi

Contact:
Kavanaugh Breazeale
601.965.5205 EXT 134


United States Department of Agriculture

Natural Resources Conservation Service

McCoy Federal Building

100 W. Capitol Street, Suite 1321

Jackson, MS 39269

 

For more information, contact

Kavanaugh Breazeale

601.965.5205. Ext 134

robert.k.breazeale@ms.usda.gov

 

NEWS RELEASE

February 16, 2017

 

USDA/NRCS Soil Health Initiative in Mississippi

 

Jackson, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), has established a statewide Soil Health Initiative that focuses on building soil health and productivity. Mississippi cropland and pastureland are eligible for this initiative. Applications received by March 17, 2017 will be considered in the first ranking period.

This Soil Health Initiative will assist to improve the visibility, accessibility and participation in soil health programs and technical services under the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). EQIP programs help to reduce the carbon footprint, increase water infiltration and improve wildlife habitat, all while helping farmers realize better crop yields.

“As the world population grows, so does the demand for food production,” stated Kurt Readus, NRCS State Conservationist in Mississippi.  “A growing number of farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and functions of their soil.”

More farmers are increasing their soil’s organic matter and improving microbial activity by practicing good soil health principles.  The top resource concerns in Mississippi are associated with water quality the soil health initiative helps to address sediment & nutrient reduction, soil quality, water quality, and water supply.  Farmers are addressing these concerns by practicing diverse crop rotation by planting diverse species and reducing tillage.

“We recognize the growing interest in soil health management,” stated Readus. “For this initiative, we hope to see more implementation of conservation practices that support soil health.”

Landowners interested in participating in the Soil Health Initiative may apply at their local USDA Service Center / NRCS office. NRCS financial-assistance programs offer a continuous sign-up; however, applications received by March 17, 2017, will be considered in the first ranking period.

To locate the nearest NRCS office: http://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app.