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Federal & State Conservation Programs Federal & State Conservation Programs
Regardless of whether you live in the city, on the coast, or in the country, there may be a conservation assistance program that is right for you. We'll also help connect you to the professionals nearby that can assist in achieving your conservation goals.

The federal land conservation funding and technical assistance programs are national in scope and the majority are offered by the Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Fish and Wildlife Service.

Both the federal government and the state of Mississippi have a number of land conservation assistance programs designed to help you with either financial or technical assistance. Take a look through the programs to see if one fits your conservation goals. The following federal and state assistance programs are designed to promote habitat protection or restoration as well as other conservation activities on your land through grants, cost-share, technical assistance, or tax incentives.

Education Programs Education Programs
Adopt-A-Wetland Program
AGree
Agricultural Incubator Foundation
BatsLIVE
Celebrate Urban Birds
Coalition of Prescribed Fire Councils Inc.
Conservation Finance Network
Conservation Science Partners
Crow's Neck Environmental Education Center
Dovetail Partners Inc.
Earth Force, Inc.
EElinked Networks
Equine Land Conservation Resource
Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund - Mississippi Office
Fire Science Online
Food Tank
Forestry Education and Careers
Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System
Holistic Management International
McCall Outdoor Science School
Mississippi Firewise Program
Mississippi Forestry Association
Mississippi Museum of Natural Science
Mississippi SARE Program
Mississippi Wildlife Federation
National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center
National NEMO Network
National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service
Natural Resource Enterprises Program / Mississippi State University
North American Association for Environmental Education
Operation 1-1-1
Partnership for Southern Forestland Conservation
Pascagoula River Audubon Center
Pinchot Institute for Conservation
Pollinator Partnership
PollinatorLIVE
Project Learning Tree - National
Protect U.S. Community Invasive Species Network
Ranching For Profit School
Ready, Set, Go!
River Gator
Rural Women's Project
Southern Fire Exchange
Southern Regional Aquaculture Center
Southern Regional Extension Forestry
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Program
Texas Brigades
The Longleaf Alliance
The National Agricultural Law Center
U.S. Endowment for Forestry & Communities, Inc.
Urban Ecology Center
Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation
Water Education for Teachers in the City
Wild Ones
Women, Food & Agriculture Network
Woodland Steward Series

USDA - NRCS Programs USDA - NRCS Programs
Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP)
Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)- REPEALED
Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG)
Conservation of Private Grazing Land (CPGL)
Conservation Security Program
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA)
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI)- REPEALED
Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP)
Emergency Watershed Protection Program- Floodplain Easement
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
EQIP Organic Initiative
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP)- REPEALED
Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) REPEALED
Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI)
Gulf of Mexico Initiative
Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP)
Longleaf Pine Initiative
Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative
Mississippi Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Mississippi Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP)
Mississippi Conservation Stewardship Program
Mississippi Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative
Mississippi Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI)
Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative
National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative
National Water Quality Initiative
Regional Conservation Partnership Program
Rhode Island Environmental Quality Incentives Program
Small scale solutions for your farm
The Golden Meadow Plant Materials Center (LAPMC)
The Jamie L. Whitten Plant Materials Center (MSPMC)
USDA StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity
Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP)- REPEALED
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP)- REPEALED
Working Lands for Wildlife

Federal & State Conservation Programs Conservation Districts
There is a Soil & Water Conservation District in every county in Mississippi. Among other things, these Districts' ongoing and future efforts are to:
  1. Implement farm conservation practices to keep soil in the fields and out of waterways.
  2. Conserve and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.
  3. Protect groundwater resources
  4. Plant trees and other land cover to hold topsoil, purify the air, provide cover for wildlife, and beautify neighborhoods and public areas.
  5. Help developers and homeowners manage the land and water in an environmentally sensitive manner.
  6. Reach out to communities and schools to teach the value of natural resources and encourage conservation in generations to come.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Mississippi are subdivisions of state government that are responsible for helping landowners in the wise management of land and natural resources by offering technical assistance and information for the natural resources within their county. The districts, along with nearly 3,000 conservation districts nationwide, provide assistance to its citizens through cooperation with federal, state and local agencies, businesses and civic organizations.

Conservation districts usually have a governing board comprised of local citizens who volunteer to represent farmers, landowners, educators, businesses, land users and all citizens, young and old, in the district. The boards ensure a local voice in natural resource issues.

District activities include technical field assistance, urban development projects, environmental education and information programs and recognition programs to acknowledge people who practice land stewardship, along with a variety of other services.

Federal & State Conservation Programs Cooperative Extension
Extension Service logo The Mississippi State University Extension Service provides research-based information, educational programs, and technology transfer focused on issues and needs of the people of Mississippi, enabling them to make informed decisions about their economic, social, and cultural well-being.

Extension's overall purpose is education -- education that will empower people to make intelligent decisions relating to their vocations, their families, and their environment. Extension's unique interdisciplinary perspective enables the organization to make a real difference in the lives of Mississippians.

Mississippi State University Extension Service is, and will continue to be, a leader for positive change for individuals, families and communities through the following ways: by providing research and education in a practical and applicable way; by using the latest technology and teaching techniques to serve clients; by developing and using volunteers to help disseminate programs and information; by cooperating with other groups and agencies; and by maintaining a culturally diverse staff responsive to the needs of various audiences at all socio-economic levels.

We believe that agriculture and its related enterprises are of major economic importance in Mississippi, and we will direct programs and resources to reflect this importance. We also believe that quality of life is affected by the reciprocal relationship between people and their environment and will continue to emphasize environmental issues. We recognize the critical need for human resource development and will continue to search for ways to help families and youth cope with an ever-changing society.

Project Updates / News Project Updates / News
Updates and news from Private Landowner Network

USDA Announces Efforts to Expand Support for Small and Mid-Sized Farmers and Ranchers

The recent Census of Agriculture shows that there is tremendous growth potential for small and mid-sized producers in the American agricultural landscape. The USDA is taking a hard look at existing resources to ensure that they work for producers of all sizes, adjusting policies, strengthening programs and intensifing outreach to meet the needs of small and mid-sized producers.

USDA Invests $68 Million in 540 Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Nationwide

Funding includes loan guarantees and grants for solar energy to create jobs, promote energy independence and advance the use of renewable fuels.

Farmers Given an Early Termination Option for CRP Contracts

Early termination of CRP contracts will be allowed until Jan 30th, so long as certain criteria are met.

USDA Provides $328 Million to Conserve Wetlands and Farmland, Boost Economy

Farm Bill program will benefit wildfire and outdoor recreation activity in California Bay Delta Region, Mississippi, Red River Basins and others.

Greenhouse Gas Report to Assist Producers Facing Climate Challenges

For the First Time, USDA Climate Hubs Get New Tools to Gauge Progress in Building Drought-Resistant Healthy Soil

Not So Easy Money: The Pros and Cons of Leasing Farm Land to Hunters

White House to Begin $10 Billion Farm Investment Fund

Wall Street is looking for ways to invest in America’s heartland, and the government is ready to play matchmaker.

Mississippi pollinator protection project first on commercial farmland

In a joint project, Syngenta and Delta F.A.R.M. (Farmers Advocating Resource Management) have committed to establishing at least five "Operation Pollinator" plots this year throughout northwest Mississippi, with plans to increase the program to more fields and farms each year through 2016. The Mississippi sites will be the first commercial farmland in the nation to host the plots.

Do you have your AD-1026 certification form on hand?

For farmers to be eligible for premium support on their federal crop insurance, a completed and signed AD-1026 form must be on file with the FSA.

Delta farmers meet initial goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells

As the June 30 deadline passed, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality announced that the 5 percent goal for voluntary metering of irrigation wells supported by the Delta Sustainable Water Resource Task Force had been officially met.

USDA Announces Loan Rates for 2014-Crop Peanuts

The CCC announced 2014 crop loan rates for select peanuts.

Secretary Jewell Releases Landscape-Scale Mitigation Strategy to Encourage Dual Objectives of Smart Development and Conservation

Strategy seeks to provide clarity and consistency to more effectively avoid, minimize and compensate for impacts on public lands.

State Wildlife Directors Approve NBCI Implementation Plan for State-Level Bobwhite Restoration

 ‘Most ambitious collaboration in bobwhite conservation history’ provides specific guidance for states to show sustainable success in 5-10 years'

The USDA Released Agricultural Projections to 2022

The USDA has provided longrun projections for the farm sector for the next 10 years.

Leading Environmental Restoration and Mitigation Banking Firm Expands Into Conservation Banking: Lesser Prairie Chicken to Benefit

The partnership between Restoration Systems LLC and Common Ground Capital will provide the capital and strategic resources needed to enable CGC to complete execution of landscape-scale species conservation banks. These banks will compensate for the destruction of the Lesser Prairie Chicken habitat.

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