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Press Release from the United States Department of Agriculture

Funding Available to Establish Cover Crops on Flooded Land Along Missouri River

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service has funding available to help landowners in Missouri establish cover crops on land adjacent to the Missouri River if that land was damaged by flooding in 2011.

NRCS State Conservationist J.R. Flores announced today that parts of 11 Missouri counties are included in the Missouri River Corridor Cover Crop Initiative. The counties are Atchison, Holt, Andrew, Buchanan, Carroll, Platte, Ray, Saline, Howard, Lafayette and Cooper.

The funding is offered through NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). It can be used for cover crops, critical area plantings, forage and biomass plantings, nutrient management, residue and tillage management, or tree and shrub establishment.

“The primary intent of this initiative is to establish cover crops on areas adversely affected by flooding along the Missouri River,” Flores said. “There are many areas where the floodwaters deposited large amounts of sand, and those areas could benefit from vegetative cover.”

Flores said the application deadline is Friday, August 3. Landowners interested in applying for funding should contact their local NRCS offices. Information about EQIP and other NRCS programs and assistance offered in Missouri is also available on the NRCS website: http://www.mo.nrcs.usda.gov