May 10, 2012 7:22 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new U.S. Department of Agriculture program is offering money and advice to help farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in parts of five Louisiana parishes and six counties in Mississippi reduce runoff to badly damaged waterways.
The program offers help with conservation practices such as using only as much fertilizer as a given area needs and planting cover crops and filter strips to hold soil in place.
In Louisiana, it covers the Indian Bayou, Lake Louis, Big Creek and East Fork Big Creek watersheds, in parts of Acadia, Lafayette, Vermilion, Catahoula and Tangipahoa parishes.
In Mississippi, the watersheds feed parts of the Pearl, Big Sunflower and Tippah rivers, in parts of Tippah, Benton, Bolivar, Sunflower, Scott and Rankin counties.