Posts Tagged ‘conservation’

USDA, partners award $20M-plus for habitat restoration along river

WEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and its partners report they will invest nearly $32 million this year in financial and technical assistance for five water quality and wetlands improvement projects in seven Mississippi River Basin states. When fully implemented, the projects will prevent sediment and nutrients […] [...]

Corps: New National Wetland Plant List now available

VICKSBURG —The updated National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) is now available, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The NWPL plays a critical role in wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act. Wetlands are evaluated using three parameters — soils, hydrology and vegetation. Using sampling protocols outlined in the Regional Supplements to the […] [...]

Cochran questions returning unused CIAP funding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the justification behind the Department of the Interior budget request to rescind $200 million in funding intended to pay for conservation projects in Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2013 budget request […] [...]

Panel to hear levee board’s appeal of Yazoo Pumps ruling

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board is asking a federal appeals court to revive a $220 million flood control project that the Environmental Protection Agency vetoed in 2008, claiming it would harm wetlands and wildlife. A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is scheduled to hear arguments […] [...]

Burger gets post permanently

Loren “Wes” Burger Jr. has been named associate director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University. Burger has been the interim associate director of both units since January. Prior to this appointment, he served as associate director of the university’s Geosystems Research Institute. [...]

TVA reports 270 percent improvement in power savings

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Energy efficiency initiatives by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and local power distributors reduced electric power consumption by 559 gigawatt-hours in fiscal year 2011 — a 270 percent improvement in power savings over last year — according to TVA. TVA’s energy efficiency programs have reduced the region’s electricity use by 765 gigawatt-hours […] [...]

Fear of labels hurts the ‘green’ movement

by Published: September 18,2011

Tags: agriculture, conservation, Going Green, vegetables

When I was young I had a fear of vegetables. In fact, I hated them — or at least I thought I did. My mother, being a good mother, would serve them to me every night only to have me slide the plate across the table or spread them out on the plate and say, […] [...]

Lawmakers: Farmers need more time to meet new EPA rule

WASHINGTON — Farmers need more time and additional guidance in order to comply with new federal regulations intended to protect water sources from possible oil spills. That is the position of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and a bipartisan group of U.S. senators. Cochran, a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, is […] [...]

Cochran pushing for ag tax provision extension

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is supporting legislation that would permanently extend a federal tax provision that allows farmers and ranchers to benefit from voluntarily placing property into conservation easements. Cochran is co-sponsoring the Rural Heritage Conservation Extension Act (S.339) to make permanent the provision allowing maximum tax deductions for charitable contributions of […] [...]

Farmers wanted for conservation program

by Published: August 12,2010

Tags: agriculture, conservation, environment

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers are being encouraged to sign up for a Farm Service Agency program aimed at defeating erosion, promoting clean air and reinforcing wildlife habitat. The Conservation Reserve Program of the FSA will pay farmers and landowners to voluntarily transform land for the project. Darryl Waller, FSA executive director for Tate and […] [...]

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