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USDA funds available for water monitoring

August 6, 2013

LITTLE ROCK — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says more than $2.3 million is now available for Arkansas farmers and landowners to monitor edge of field water quality on agricultural lands in watersheds throughout the state.

Funding comes from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program for voluntarily monitoring practices in priority watersheds which have been targeted for funding.

Arkansas State Conservationist Mike Sullivan says the agency is working aggressively to improve the health of the watersheds in the state and the Mississippi River Basin. Sullivan says the edge of field monitoring projects requested by Arkansas producers will help document the positive environmental benefits of conservation practices.

Producers can use the data from water quality monitoring to measure the effectiveness of conservation practices and systems such as nutrient management, cover crop, and irrigation water management.

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