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Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnerships help partners and producers work together to protect wetland ecosystems on working lands. (07/06/2021)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $17 million for conservation partners to help protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership
(WREP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is prioritizing proposals that focus on assisting historically underserved producers conserving wetlands. Proposals from partners are due August 15, 2021.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing up to $17 million for conservation partners to help protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands through the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP). USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is prioritizing proposals that focus on assisting historically underserved producers conserving wetlands. Proposals from partners are due August 15, 2021.
Through WREP projects, eligible conservation partners protect, restore and enhance high-priority wetlands on agriculture lands. WREP enables effective integration of wetland restoration on working agricultural landscapes, providing meaningful benefits to farmers and ranchers who enroll in the program and to the communities where the wetlands exist.
Eligible partners include Tribes, state and local governments and non-government organizations. WREP partners are required to contribute a financial or technical assistance fund match. WREP funding is for fiscal year 2022 which begins on October 1, 2021.
USDA has announced signup periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands for 2021. (01/07/2021)
Secretary Sonny Purdue announced on Nov. 12, 2020, the signup periods for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the CRP Grasslands in 2021. Signup for general CRP will be open from Jan. 4, 2021, to Feb. 12, 2021, and signup for CRP Grasslands runs from March 15, 2021 to April 23, 2021. Both programs are competitive and provide annual rental payments for land devoted to conservation purposes. There will be a free webinar on January 14 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. MST. Register in advance for this meeting After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information, email Jeff Tranel or call 719-251-0990
Earthx Conservation Conference (02/18/2020)
USDA Seeks Public Comments on Conservation Practice Standards (03/11/2019)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today it is seeking public input on its existing national conservation practice standards as part of implementing the 2018 Farm Bill. NRCS offers 150-plus conservation practices to America’s farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to help them meet their business and natural resource needs on their working lands. NRCS is requesting public comments on how to improve conservation practice standards that support programs. The comment period ends April 25, 2019. Learn More »
Governor Phil Bryant appoints Rep. Andy Gipson as Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce (03/30/2018)
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) - Gov. Phil Bryant announced Thursday that he will appoint Rep. Andy Gipson as Mississippi Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce. Gipson will replace Cindy Hyde-Smith, who Gov. Bryant appointed to the U.S. Senate. Learn more here.
Free pine seedlings available Feb. 9 (02/02/2018)
The Adams County Soil and Water Conservation District annual tree sale is planned for Friday, Feb. 9th. Local sponsors again plan to give out free loblolly pine seedlings to the public at the USDA Service Center, 110 Northgate, Natchez. Read the article here, and for more details contact Adams County SWCD District Coordinator Theresa McGaughey at (601) 442-1790.
Landowner Interest in Natural Resource Conservation Practices (01/19/2018)
Check out this article from the Mississippi State University Extension Service highlighting (with statistics) some of the challenges of reaching landowners with conservation efforts.
Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS (09/25/2017)
The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), which provides financial and technical assistance to landowners and Native American Tribes with conservation efforts on agricultural lands and wetlands. The deadline to sign-up to be considered for consideration in ACEP’s fiscal year 2018 funding period is October 27, 2017. Learn more here.
Apply for Agriculture Conservation Easement Program from USDA/NRCS (02/14/2017)
Jackson, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to landowners and Native American Tribes with conservation efforts on agricultural lands and wetlands. The application deadline to be considered for fiscal year 2017 funding is February 24, 2017. Read the release.
Love for environment motivates ‘local’ farmer (02/08/2017)
CEDAR BLUFF, Miss. -- Ali Fratesi Pinion may be part of the millennial generation, but she farms more like her great-grandparents. Pinion and her husband, Dustin, operate Beaverdam Farms in Clay County on the principle that healthy soils create better foods and communities.
Read on here.
NRCS to Expand Targeted Conservation Effort for Wildlife on Agricultural Lands (12/02/2016)
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is adding 11 new projects to Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the agency’s targeted, science-based effort to help producers restore and protect habitat for declining species on farms, ranches and working forests.
Learn About the Wildlife Benefits in Managed Forests (09/01/2016)
If you are a forester, private landowner, or state/federal agency habitat manager, then you will want to learn the results of a project assessing "Desired Ecological States Provided by Open Pine in Managed Forests," sponsored by the Gulf Coastal Plains & Ozarks Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Why? Because existing data was incorporated into HabPlan harvest scheduling software to simulate a variety of management options across 50 years. The results identify options for providing open pine wildlife habitat conditions in managed forests across the region as well as biodiversity responses to those management options. The Society of American Foresters has pre-approved this webinar for one Continuing Forestry Education credit hour.
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Legacy Dollars Fund Mississippi River Habitat Protection (08/30/2016)
Landowners wishing to protect the habitat of the Mississippi River are invited to consider fee title acquisition or an easement program. Learn more here.
USDA Announces $49 Million Public-Private Investment to Improve Critical Wetlands in 12 States (07/07/2016)
Through its Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Partnership (WREP), the USDA is awarding $44.6 million to support 10 wetland enhancement projects on private and tribal agricultural lands in 12 States. The WREP is a special option under the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program. Read the press release.
New Study Quantifies Benefits of Agricultural Conservation in Upper Mississippi River Basin (06/23/2016)
Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have published a new study that demonstrates that agricultural conservation practices in the upper Mississippi River watershed can reduce nitrogen inputs to area streams and rivers by as much as 34 percent.