The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency anticipates awarding seven Gulf of Mexico Division cooperative agreements totaling more than $7.5 million to fund projects that improve water quality, habitat, and environmental education in the Gulf of Mexico watershed.
2019 Water Quality Cooperative Agreement Recipients:
- B.F. Smith Foundation - $1,149,813 for Farming Systems Research: Demonstrating an Innovative and Scalable Watershed-Based Approach to Advancing Sustainable Agriculture
- Mississippi State University - $1,088,025 for Multi-State Collaboration to Improve Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico Water Quality through Farmer-Led Initiatives and Farmer-Driven Data
- Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies - $1,000,000 for Targeted Restoration of Natural Resources though Innovative Technology, Public Partnerships and Farmer Cooperation in the Chipola River Basin
- Winrock International - $1,150,000 for Farmer-Driven Water Quality through Conservation Grazing in the Kickapoo River Watershed
- Practical Farmers of Iowa - $935,788 for Roots for Water Quality: A Farmer-to-Farmer Model for a Sustainable Mississippi Basin
- University of Iowa - $1,064,926 for Connecting Rural and Peri-urban Farmers to Demonstrate and Disseminate Innovative Nutrient and Sediment Reduction Practices
- Iowa Dept. of Agriculture and Land Stewardship - $1,150,000 for Effective, Targeted Wetland Installations to Maximize Nutrient Removal, Wetland Habitat Function, and Ultimately Expand Delivery
“These Farmer to Farmer grants will promote innovative, market-based solutions for monitoring and improving water quality throughout the Gulf of Mexico watershed,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler.
“Farmer to Farmer Cooperative Agreements directly support science and technology-based water quality initiatives needed to protect our watersheds while also maintaining a vital agricultural economy,” said EPA Region 7 Administrator Jim Gulliford.
“This investment represents another way EPA is improving coastal resilience and protecting the Gulf of Mexico,” said EPA Region 6 EPA Administrator Ken McQueen. “These Farmer to Farmer projects will help prioritize resources and restore the Gulf.”
Since 2018, approximately $9.5 million has been awarded to support novel or innovative agricultural techniques, methods or approaches through EPA’s farmer to farmer cooperative agreements. These projects support farmer led and/or farmer focused organizations with experience implementing programs and demonstration projects through collaboration with farmers.