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Mississippi River Research Center

Welcome to the Mississippi River Research Center. The Mississippi River Research Center (MRRC) in the School of Agriculture, Research, Extension, and Applied Sciences (AREAS) at Alcorn State University was created in the mid-1990s to combine and integrate research, teaching, and outreach in agriculture, applied sciences, environmental studies, advanced technologies, and human sciences. The MRRC mission is to advance knowledge in preservation, conservation, and improvement of water quality while balancing economic and environmental impact. The MRRC provides capabilities in sustainable watershed management, soil & water quality laboratory analysis, and watershed assessment & modeling.

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Short Term Vision

  • Develop science-based information, analytical tools, and decision support systems to enhance conservation of agricultural ecosystems and the environment along the Mississippi River corridor
  • Lead and enhance the Environmental Science program offered through the Department of Agriculture at ASU-AREAS
  • Identify and evaluate nutrient management strategies best suited for small scale, low income agricultural production
  • Select and develop demonstration sites for nutrient management strategies at on and off campus sites
  • Develop collaborative relationships with other organizations such as Toyota, MDEQ, USDA
  • Establish a network of affiliates focused on large river research
  • Identify state and federal funding opportunities
  • Develop outreach for students and general public in the field of environmental science and large rivers
  • Provide academic and research opportunities for minority groups in agriculture, science, and technology.

Long Term Vision

  • The MRRC becomes a nationally and internationally recognized research center using innovative science to better understand and manage sustainable watershed systems
  • Develop international partnerships (China, India, Africa, Latin America) supported by USAID, UNESCO, World Bank
  • Increase the visibility and importance of the MRRC through effective technology transfer initiatives
  • Develop innovative nutrient management strategies for small farms and limited resources farmers
  • Educate students, in particular underrepresented groups, in sustainable development
  • Develop a Master’s degree in Watershed Science (water quality, sub-tropical watershed modeling)


The MRRC works closely with many different organizations including:

  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Corps of Engineers
  • Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • Mississippi State University
  • Northern Gulf Institute
  • Mississippi Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm
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