Cooperative Agencies

The Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission (MSWCC) is the lead agency responsible for abatement of agricultural NPS pollution through training, promotion, and installation of BMPs on agricultural lands.

The USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical assistance to the MSWCC through its conservation districts located in each county. NRCS assists animal producers in developing nutrient management plans and grazing management plans.

The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) regulates the use, storage, and handling of pesticides on farms through training and certification of pesticide applicators.

Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is the lead agency responsible for water quality and quantity protection and for polluted runoff management. MDEQ permits waste treatment lagoons for Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). All new CAFO permits require a zero discharge with land application. MDEQ also oversees permits for the washout facilities of aerial applicators of pesticides. MDEQ and MSWCC work closely together to reduce agricultural polluted runoff through the Section 319 program.

MSU Cooperative Extension Service

Consolidated Farm Service Agency (CFS)