AGRIBUSINESS: USDA Efforts in Gulf Coast
The Gulf of Mexico Initiative (GoMI) is a new program of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and many partners. It is designed to help producers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas improve water quality as it drains off land and before it gets to areas inhabited by wildlife.NRCS District Conservationist, Will Blackwell says that the GOMI will assist the local landowners with conservation efforts, whether it is through cross fencing, livestock water development, through enhancement programs through the Wetlands Reserve Program. We also have the grazing lands initiative; along with incentives for nutrient management for the cropland.The initiative will improve wildlife and fish habitats, including those of some threatened and endangered species. It will also help communities that depend on the Gulf of Mexico for jobs.Texas Rancher, Dallas Ford says that the assistance could be a benefit for landowners looking to make environmental improvements.The Texas GOMI initiative will focus on three watersheds that flow into the San Antonio Bay and then to the Gulf of Mexico.