In 2000, the National Buffer Initiative was initiative by USDA. Delta F.A.R.M. took the lead in the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta by assisting the USDA in disseminating information about new the Continuous CRP Program and approved practices such as Riparian Forest Buffers and Grass Filter Strips. Delta F.A.R.M. also partnered with Delta Wildlife to implement a buffer program using a suite of plant materials that would provide both water quality and wildlife habitat benefits. The project protected 78 miles of streams and lakes in 8 counties. The project reduced sediment loading by 37% and was measured at 23,323 tons per year. Habitat created by the buffers provided homes to 116 species of birds, including threatened species like the grasshopper sparrow. Several publications were completed and can be found HERE.