Jul 20, 2010 9:29 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Feds Could Pay Farmers for Wildlife Habitat

GUEYDAN, La. (AP) - U.S. agriculture officials say a new program
could compensate farmers for agricultural practices that provide
habitat to wildlife.
Scott Edwards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural
Resources Conservation Service says the program could pay farmers
for creating mud flats in their fields, pumping water onto fields
and holding water.
State conservationist Kevin Norton says the same fields used to
produce crops also support migrant and resident water birds and the
Working Wetlands program can help landowners improve their fields
to meet life cycle requirements for those birds.
Farmers can sign up for the program through Aug. 20.


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