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Farmers: Help the White River watershed while also improving your land

January 4, 2016- Press Release

The Owen County Soil and Water Conservation District and NRCS wish to offer technical and financial assistance to area farmers and forest landowners that want to make improvements to the land that they own or lease. The deadline for applications to receive assistance from NRCS is due by January 22, 2016.

The Fish Creek-White River watershed has been selected for funding through the NRCS’ Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI). “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,” Indiana State Conservationist Jane Hardisty said. “Water quality is important to everyone and the many partnerships created through this initiative are promising to the future health of these watersheds.”

Through MRBI, NRCS helps farmers and landowners with voluntary conservation practices in high-priority watersheds while ensuring economic viability of cropland.

Conservation practices installed by producers will serve to avoid, control, and trap nutrient runoff and prevent erosion.  The targeted conservation practices to improve soil health and restore the function of riparian areas and floodplains are cover crops, no-till, nutrient management, riparian forest buffers, wetland restoration, grassed waterways, tree establishment, heavy use area protection, livestock pipeline, watering facilities, and riparian herbaceous cover. Each system of practices is designed specifically for an individual farm.

To learn more about MRBI and the watershed project selected in Owen County, contact District Conservationist Kristi Kennedy, 765-653-5716 x3 (Kristi.kennedy@in.usda.gov) or Andrea Oeding at the Owen County SWCD office, 812-829-2605 (andrea-oeding@iaswcd.org).