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Last sign-up for MRBI Funding

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist

With the last year of Mississippi River Basin Initiative funding available to landowners and producers, now is the time to take advantage of high priority funding for conservation practices. Rush-Pine Creek, Watson Creek, and Upper South Fork Root River/Wisel Creek watersheds are the watersheds selected for MRBI funding under EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The funding can be used for many conservation practices such as: terraces, waterways, sediment basins, streambank stabilization, cover crops, no-till implementation, ag waste storage, prescribed grazing plans, and nutrient management plans. These practices will help prevent nutrients and sediment from running off your fields which means lost profits for you and water quality problems downstream. The financial assistance rates are rewarding for implementing conservation practices on your land. As this is the last year, now is the time to look at implementing the conservation practices you have been thinking about doing.

There are 4 sign-up periods for MRBI Funding

Period 1 – January 18th

Period 2 – February 15th

Period 3 – March 15th

Period 4 – April 19th

In order to get funding for a conservation practice using the MRBI funding, we will need to have an application on file in the office prior to any of these dates to be considered for funding. Stop in the Fillmore SWCD & NRCS office for more information on how you can use this MRBI funding to help protect your farm’s soils and nutrients. Refer to the map below to see if your land is located in one of these watersheds.

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