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Wetlands Reserve Program Applications

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06.27.2012
Wetlands Reserve Program
Call for Applications
First Application Period for FY 2013 Funding
Ends July 25, 2012
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation is soliciting applications from landowners interested in restoring or enhancing wetlands on private agricultural land in Louisiana through the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP). 

In order to be considered in the first WRP funding pool of fiscal year 2013, interested agricultural producers are encouraged to visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible. 

The first application period for Fiscal Year 2013 WRP funding ends July 25, 2012.

The Wetlands Reserve Program provides financial incentives to landowners to restore their land to its natural wetland condition with an emphasis on enhancing wildlife habitats and environmental benefits.

The Wetlands Reserve Program is a national program authorized by the Farm Bill to assist eligible landowners restore, create, protect, and enhance wetlands on their property.  Participation in this program is voluntary, and restoration is accomplished in an environmentally safe, cost-effective manner.

For information on the Wetlands Reserve Program or other USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service opportunities, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.

 

 

 

 

Landowners have several options for enrollment in WRP: 

  • Cost-share agreements
     

  • 30-year conservation easements
     

  • Permanent conservation easements

—all designed to help landowners achieve personal land use goals.

Easement payments are based on the lowest of either the fair market value of the land using an appraisal or area-wide analysis, the Geographic Area Rate Cap, or an offer made by the landowner. 

 

Commitment to Equality
USDA believes every farmer and rancher should be treated equally and fairly, and we are committed to resolving all cases involving allegations of past discrimination by individuals.

Referral Guide for USDA Settlements and Claims Adjudication Process

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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

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To find out more about this conservation opportunity and more, contact your local USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Office Locator