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Small Ruminant Goat Field Day

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Alcorn State University’s Extension Program partner with the Hinds County SWCD, NRCS and Royals International Farms to promote a new initiative in Mississippi that aims to encourage ranchers of ruminant animals like sheep and goats to make conservation improvements to their operations. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering financial and technical assistance through the Small Ruminant Farmer Initiative to help these ranchers enhance their lands while cleaning and conserving water and improving soil.
This initiative was created to help meet the needs of a growing commodity in Mississippi. Part of NRCS’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers about $500,000 to Mississippi landowners. 
Assistance through this initiative will help ranchers install a variety of conservation practices that aim to boost water quality and quantity and increase soil health. Practices include fencing, ponds and heavy use protection areas.
Ruminants are characterized by their “four” stomachs and “cud-chewing” behavior. There are about 150 different domestic and wild ruminant species, including sheep, goat and red deer.
Eligible lands include pastureland, cutover, abandoned agricultural areas and converted cropland.  Incidental wooded areas are eligible when existing vegetation will support grazing and browsing animals. To be eligible, small ruminants must already be present.