USDA Mississippi River Basin Partnership Project Proposals Due March 19
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01.10.2012 USDA Mississippi River Basin Partnership Project Proposals Due March 19
Projects Would Improve Water Quality and Conserve Wetland Habitat on Farms in 13 States
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White announced last week that proposals for conservation projects addressing water quality and wetland conservation in the Mississippi River Basin are due to NRCS by March 19, 2012. Accepted projects would support conservation efforts already underway on agricultural operations in the basin, improve the overall health of the Mississippi River and help reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
Through this request for proposals, NRCS is providing up to $37 million in new financial assistance through the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative (MRBI) for projects in 54 priority watersheds in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
This call for project proposals includes two new priority watersheds in Louisiana. The new watersheds will make the land between Mississippi River levees eligible for conservation easements in an area extending from southern Illinois to the Gulf of Mexico. The new watersheds are the Lower Mississippi-Natchez (HUC 08060100) and the Lower Mississippi-Baton Rouge (HUC 08070100). These watersheds start just south of the Arkansas border and terminate south of Baton Rouge. The two new watersheds will only be eligible for the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Program. For more information on Louisiana’s MRBI priority watersheds, visit: http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/MRBI/index.html
Federally-recognized Indian tribes, state and local units of governments, farmer cooperatives, producer associations, institutions of higher education and other nongovernmental organizations are encouraged to apply.
A Request for Proposals, which includes a list of eligible watersheds and application addresses associated with this announcement, appeared in the January 3, 2012, Federal Register and can be read and downloaded at http://federalregister.gov/a/2011-33692.
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Referral Guide for USDA Settlements and Claims Adjudication Process
Women and Hispanic Farmers and Ranchers Claims Adjudication Process If you believe that USDA improperly denied farm loan benefits to you for certain time periods between 1981 and 2000 because you are a female or because you are Hispanic, you may be eligible to apply for compensation. To request a claims package by telephone, call 1-888-508-4429. To request a claims package online, please visit www.farmerclaims.gov
Native American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Keepseagle v. Vilsack) If you are a Native American who was denied a farm loan or loan servicing by the USDA between January 1, 1981, and November 24, 1999, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement. To request a claims package by telephone, call: 1-888-233-5506. To request a claims package online, or for more information, please visit: www.indianfarmclass.com
African American Farmer and Rancher Class Action Settlement (Pigford II) If you are an African American farmer (a) who submitted a request to file a late claim on or between October 13, 1999, and June 18, 2008, under the 1999 USDA settlement in the earlier class action known as Pigford v. Glickman ("Pigford") and (b) who did not receive a merits determination on your discrimination claim, you may be eligible for benefits from a Class Action Settlement. To hear information by telephone, call 1-866-950-5547 or 1-866-472-7826. To find information online, please visit: www.blackfarmercase.com
To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Office Locator