Are you a resident of Central Mississippi looking to benefit from the use of energy resources? If so, you should be aware of the various opportunities available to you. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and other agencies of the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working together to provide assistance to local communities in the form of renewable resources, energy assistance, and educational opportunities.
The most promising renewable resource in the Southeast and Mississippi Power service area is biomass. The NRCS works closely with farmers and ranchers to identify problems related to natural resources, such as soil erosion and water quality issues, and develops unique conservation plans to restore and protect resources. The Mississippi Natural Resources Conservation Service has a long history of supporting farmers, ranchers and forest owners in the United States. Several Mississippi utility companies and the Mississippi Department of Human Services collaborate to provide energy assistance to older and low-income populations throughout the year through local community action agencies. People who don't have access to a computer can call the Community Action Agency (CAA) or Human Resources Agency (HRA) in their area. The USDA also works to establish opportunities that ensure equitable participation in USDA programs, services and resources for rural, tribal and historically underserved students.
The program offers full tuition, fees, books, and room and board to students from 1890 universities with land grants who wish to obtain degrees in agriculture, food, natural resource science, or related academic disciplines. Additionally, the program provides full tuition, fees, books, and room and board to students pursuing a degree in agriculture, food science, natural resource science, or a related academic discipline at one of 35 federally recognized tribal colleges and universities. Be sure to ask your local NRCS district conservationist about the deadline for the classification period to ensure you submit your application on time. With all these amazing opportunities available to you, there is no reason why you should not take advantage of them.