Farmers can now apply for financial assistance through a federal program in improve water conservation management resources.

USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Mississippi Water Conservation Management, a voluntary conservation program that provides financial assistance to owners and operators of irrigated agricultural land.

The program assists with management practices that help solve serious water quantity and quality issues in counties that fall into the Mississippi River Valley Aquifer. To be considered, the land associated with a program application must be located within the MRVA and qualify through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

Mississippi counties in the MRVA area are  Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, Desoto, Grenada, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.

The program offers continuous sign-up, but applications received by June 30 will be considered in the first ranking period.

Applicants can find more information about technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs at the Natural Resource Conservation Service office in their local USDA Service Center.

Find your local NRCS office.