“Financial assistance is determined by program emphasis and ranking of applicants,” he says. “Most programs are coordinated with one or more partners — Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Water Management District, Delta Wildlife, Delta F.A.R.M., Mississippi Soil and Water Commission, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

“The first step is to complete an application as your local NRCS county office. The deadline for submitting applications for the first ranking period of Fiscal Year 2014 programs is Nov. 1, 2013.”

The newer data from the Coahoma County center pivot evaluation indicate, Rodrigue says, that “these systems offer high efficiency with lower management inputs that surface irrigation systems. Perhaps it’s time for a center pivot revival in the Delta.”