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  • Governor’s Task Force to Host Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit

    The Governor’s Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force will host an Irrigation and Water Conservation Summit at the Capps Center in Stoneville, MS, on Tuesday, December 15th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.


  • NRCS to Invest $30M in Water Quality

    Nov. 3, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest $30 million this year in 33 new projects and 40 existing projects to improve water quality in high priority watersheds the Mississippi River Basin, including 2 projects in the Mississippi Delta.


  • Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day

    Delta F.A.R.M. will host the Monsanto Water Conservation Field Day on Tuesday, July 7th at Simmons Planting Company and Murrell Farms in Washington County, MS.


  • USDA Funding to Help Clean Waterways in Mississippi River Basin

    WASHINGTON, April 7, 2015 – Targeted conservation work in the Mississippi River basin will unite the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), farmers and local organizations to help clean waterways that flow into the nation’s largest river.


  • Monsanto Announces Multi-Year Commitment to Help Monarch Butterflies

    Monsanto Company announced today a $400,000 commitment to partner with and support the efforts of experts working to benefit monarch butterflies.


  • Mississippi NRCS Assistance for Water Conservation

    Jackson, Miss. – The United States Department of Agriculture/Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is currently accepting applications for the Mississippi Water Conservation Management Project (MWCMP) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).


  • USDA, NRCS Extends Application Period for the Conservation Stewardship Program until March 13, 2015

    Jackson, Miss., Feb. 26, 2015 –The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has extended the application deadline sign-up for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) general sign-up until March 13, 2015.


  • Farmers implementing voluntary conservation practices may be eligible for incentives

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture will make available $100 million this year through the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forest landowners should submit applications by February 27, 2015 to ensure they are considered for this year’s funding.


  • First Voluntary Metering Program Goal Met

    The Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task Force and its members are pleased to announce that the first milestone of the Voluntary Metering Program has been met.


  • Delta F.A.R.M. first to adopt Operation Pollinator on US commercial farmland

    GREENSBORO, N.C., USA, June 17, 2014 – Syngenta and Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) jointly will develop commercial farmland into pollinator habitats. Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator is a global biodiversity program that restores native pollinators in a variety of landscapes by creating essential habitats.


  • Mississippi Water Conservation Management Inititative Signup Announced

    June 10, 2014 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) today announced a sign-up for the Mississippi Water Conservation Management Project (MWCMP) through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The EQIP offers a continuous sign-up however applications received by June 30, 2014 will be considered for funding in 2014 for the MWCMP.


  • Krysta Harden and Karis Gutter at family farm in Tunica

    [Photo] Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden was joined by Deputy Undersecretary Karis Gutter and Tunica farm operators Patrick and Emily Johnson in discussing the importance of conservation in the 2014 Farm Bill and the recent announcement of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program at a stop today at the Johnson’s family farm.


  • Johnson Named Delta F.A.R.M. Chairman

    At a recent meeting of the Delta F.A.R.M. Executive Committee, Patrick Johnson, Jr. of Tunica was elected to serve as the organization’s Chairman for a two year term.


  • Fisher Appoints Whittington as Director of the Office of Land and Water

    Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Executive Director Trudy Fisher has selected Kay Whittington to serve as the Director of the Office of Land and Water Resources.


  • Weller Named NRCS Chief

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has appointed Jason Weller the chief of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.


  • National Water Quality Initiative Targets Three Watersheds in Mississippi

    JACKSON, March 13, 2013 — Producers in three impaired watersheds are eligible to apply for funds through the National Water Quality Initiative. The three watersheds chosen in Mississippi include Ashlog Creek, a tributary of the Pearl River; Porter Bayou, a tributary of the Big Sunflower River; and North Tippah Creek, a tributary of the Tippah River.


  • USDA and Partners Invest in Conservation for Mississippi River Health

    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Partners Invest in Conservation for Mississippi River Health: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the investment of $59 million this year from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the health of the Mississippi River basin, making a total of approximately $289 million for the initiative that reduces nutrient and sediment run-off.


  • USDA and Partners Invest in Conservation for Mississippi River Health

    USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and Partners Invest in Conservation for Mississippi River Health: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the investment of $59 million this year from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for the health of the Mississippi River basin, making a total of approximately $289 million for the initiative that reduces nutrient and sediment run-off.


  • Precision irrigation technology allows farmers to boost corn/bean yields while using less water

    Need something that is more attuned to furrow-watering systems, but still precision-farming oriented?


  • Conservation Officials Look to Farmers to Fight Gulf Dead Zones

    New research shows low oxygen levels in the Gulf of Mexico this summer have created more than hundred square miles of dead zone. MPB’s Daniel Cherry reports how the solution to the problem lies hundreds of miles up the Mississippi River.


  • Ben Scaggs announced as Director of Gulf of Mexico Program

    In his new role, Scaggs will be responsible for overseeing a broad program designed to facilitate collaborative actions to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Region.


  • CTIC partners with Delta F.A.R.M. for Conservation In Action 2012

    CTIC teams up with Delta Farmers Advocating Resource Management (Delta F.A.R.M.) to design an information-packed, one-day tour that will showcase innovative producers and partnerships recognized for finding solutions to Southern agriculture’s conservation challenges.


  • NRCS directing funds to Mississippi Delta

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is directing Farm Bill funding to four key watersheds in Mississippi’s Delta region.


  • USDA Announces Sign-Up Period for Conservation Stewardship Program

    USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced that the ranking period cut-off date for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is January 13, 2012. Producers interested in CSP should submit applications to their local NRCS office by the deadline so that their applications can be considered during the first ranking period of 2012.


  • MDEQ To Establish Office In Stoneville To Have Presence In Delta

    The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is opening an office in Stoneville.


  • Water Update May 5, 2011 at 11:00 p.m.

    The MS River Crest Forecast has NOT changed. However, the crest dates have been shifted.


  • Water Update May 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

    The MS River Crest Forecast has NOT changed. However, the crest dates have been shifted.


  • USDA-NRCS Announces The Selection of Al Garner as Acting State Conservationist

    Jackson, MS, February 15, 2011 — Long-time USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service employee Al Garner was selected to head the federal agency’s Mississippi office this year, serving as Acting State Conservationist.


  • EPA Launches Novel Effort To Impose Strict Numeric Nutrient Limits In States

    February 25, 2011 — EPA is launching a novel effort to require key Midwestern states to adopt strict numeric limits to protect waters from excessive nutrients, requiring Illinois and possibly other states to translate their narrative water quality criteria into stricter and more controversial numeric permit limits.


  • Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative Funds Available in the Mississippi Delta

    Jackson, MS, February 16, 2011 — Al Garner, State Conservationist, has announced this week the continuation of the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watershed Initiative in the Mississippi Delta.


  • Ag Pilots Recognized for Environmental Stewardship

    Stoneville, MS — Six ag pilots were recently recognized for exemplary environmental stewardship.


  • Delta F.A.R.M. Receives Gulf Guardian Award

    Delta F.A.R.M. was presented with a 2009 Gulf Guardian Award on October 29th at a ceremony at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi, MS.


  • Delta F.A.R.M. Approaches 1,000,000 Acres

    After 10 years of service, the Delta F.A.R.M. membership roll has grown a bit. In fact, the organization has enrolled an average of 100,000 acres into the program annually. This puts Delta F.A.R.M. current membership level just less than 1,000,000 acres or roughly 40% of all the cropland in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta region.


  • A.C.E. Pilot Program Announced

    The Mississippi Glyphosate Stewardship Coalition announces a new program that recognizes aerial applicators who demonstrate the highest level of environmental stewardship.


  • Delta F.A.R.M. Elects New Chairman

    Because if his leadership abilities and proactive approach to conservation, Mike Sturdivant, Jr. was elected to serve as one of the founding members of the Delta F.A.R.M. Executive Committee in 1998. Since then, he has served Delta F.A.R.M. well and was recently elected to serve as the organization’s Chairman.


  • Water Quality Improving in the Delta

    After a report from the EPA identified more miles of polluted waters in Mississippi than in any other state in the country, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) began to develop a strategy to address the problem.


  • Update on Water Hyacinth Control Measures in Steele Bayou

    Joint efforts between the Mississippi Levee Board and Delta Wildlife/Delta F.A.R.M are currently underway to address water hyacinth issues on Steele Bayou.



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