http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/.

For more information about NRCS and other technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your District Conservationist http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.

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Indiana NRCS Accepting Second Round Applications for Two Watersheds in Indiana

Indianapolis, IN, May 12, 2016 – Jane Hardisty, State Conservationist for Indiana’s USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today that NRCS is accepting applications until June 13 to be considered for second round funding to improve water quality in targeted watersheds throughout Indiana.

Additional dollars are available for the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) and National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).  These initiatives help improve water quality and strengthen agricultural operations.  Funding for each of these initiatives comes from the Farm Bill’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).

Special initiatives help eligible farmers adopt conservation practices to improve water quality. Conservation systems implemented in these areas will reduce the amount of nutrients flowing from agricultural land into waterways, curb erosion and improve the resiliency of working lands in the face of droughts and floods.  Farmers in the Middle Eel watershed located in Kosciusko, Whitley, Wabash, Miami and Fulton counties are eligible for this round of funding through MRBI.  Producers in the Ell Creek watershed located in Dubois County are eligible for this round of funding through NWQI.

“By targeting small priority watersheds within the Mississippi River basin, we are helping farmers to deliver local water quality benefits that contribute to large-scale improvements for the basin as a whole,” Hardisty said.

All applications for funding consideration must be received by June 13, 2016.

To learn more about the watershed projects selected in Indiana, visit: http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/programs/.

For more information about NRCS and other technical and financial assistance available through conservation programs, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted or contact your District Conservationist http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main/in/contact/local/.