Success Stories

Farmers, ranchers and other private landowners are using conservation to improve their operations while benefiting the environment. Meet some of Mississippi's landowners who have used NRCS' financial and technical assistance.

Newly planted vegetables inside a new seasonal high tunnelChoctaw Fresh Produce-a Tribal Success Story

In the Choctaw community of Conehatta, Miss., excitement abounds with the promise of fresh fruits and vegetables for this small community, and the schools and businesses linked with the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

Dick Hoy, the new General Manager for Choctaw Fresh Produce, is on a personal mission to bring better food choices to the Tribe, and to hopefully do something about the high rate of diabetes among Tribal communities.  "This is a whole new adventure for me," Hoy says.  "I'm so excited about a totally new challenge at this stage of my life. 

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Delta Farmer Works with NRCS to Eliminate Nutrient Runoff

Adron Belk farms in the Delta, and his fields are located near the Sunflower and Yalobusha rivers. Belk uses conservation to keep nutrients on his field and out of  these waterways.

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Mississippi Woman Changes Career from CEO to Rancher

Cindy Ayers Elliott once worked on Wall Street—but has since traded in her high heels for a pair of work boots. The former CEO and investment banker has made a life-changing move to her Jackson home-turned-farm, where she rears goats for meat and grows organic vegetables.

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Newton County FarmerNRCS Reduces Waste for Mississippi Chicken Farmer

Diem Nguyen moved to the U.S. in the 1970s to pursue the American dream. She worked first as a restaurateur and then an accountant. But the career she cherishes the most is her current one—operating a chicken farm in rural Mississippi.

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ChristineCoker PeoplesGardenEarth Team Volunteer Sprouts New People’s Gardens in South Mississippi

When horticulturist Christine Coker first learned of the People’s Garden Initiative, she searched for a registered garden in her coastal Mississippi community. But she couldn't find any. So she decided to start her own.

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NRCS Helps Clay County Restore Creek after Tornadoes

Back-to-back years of tornadoes in Clay County, Miss. have left their scars, leaving a web of creeks and streams jammed with downed trees and branches and frequently flooded land. Line Creek consistently overflows its banks, crippling forest ecosystem health and damaging grazing lands. But USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has teamed up with private landowners and county officials to remove downed trees and other debris and restore Line Creek and a few other waterways to their natural state.

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