USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Taps Waterborne Environmental, Inc. to Create Conservation Public Awareness Across Mississippi
The firm is creating a geographic-specific web tool targeting Mississippi’s farms and ranches.
LEESBURG, VA – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has selected Waterborne Environmental Inc. (Waterborne) to promote public awareness of NRCS conservation programs focused on soil health and sustainable and climate-smart agriculture across the state of Mississippi. The 36-month project launched in August 2023 with a goal of increasing participation in NRCS programs, including a particular focus on supporting disadvantaged Mississippi farmers and ranchers.
The primary objective of this project is to enhance conservation efforts and promote sustainable agriculture practices throughout Mississippi. To accomplish this, Waterborne will develop a customized mobile and desktop-friendly web application that will recommend location and farm-specific best management practices (BMPs) and associated funding opportunities to Mississippi farmers and stakeholders, including the NRCS and field conservation partners. Access to this user-friendly web application will help farmers and ranchers with on-farm management decisions and increase the adoption of soil and water conservation programs across Mississippi.
The web application will also be used to help the NRCS target conservation efforts in specific areas of Mississippi that have less BMP adoption and/or more vulnerability to runoff and climate change. As a part of the project, Waterborne will conduct outreach and training events to educate farmers and stakeholders on the potential benefits of agricultural conservation practices and the use of the developed web application.
“Waterborne is proud to partner with the USDA NRCS to further the adoption of conservation practices in Mississippi’s farmland,” said Paul Barboza, Waterborne CEO and President. “This project’s easy-to-use, technology-based solution will provide Mississippi farmers and ranchers with conservation alternatives and funding sources while also helping the NRCS target and optimize their conservation efforts.”
According to Barboza, “Every waterborne scientist’s goal is to provide our clients with best solutions that simultaneously solve their needs while improving our environment. This project falls perfectly within our corporate mission.”
Waterborne Environmental, Inc. is a global consulting firm that has provided innovative solutions to the world’s most complex environmental problems since 1993. Our seasoned, unbiased scientists and engineering professionals work across industries to mitigate our clients’ ecological, human, and regulatory risks. Working with industry, government, and regulatory bodies, our work balances the needs of a growing population with the potential environmental impact on our precious natural resources.
As a recognized leader in environmental fate, hazard and risk assessment, Waterborne has developed an extensive network of clients and partners in industry, contract research organizations and regulatory agencies in North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia.
The company is headquartered in Leesburg, Virginia, with staff in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Texas.