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May is Wetlands Month

 
Conservation Priority Report Louisiana

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Helping People Help the Land

05.04.2012

.  Wetlands reduce soil erosion, prevent flooding, protect wildlife habitat, preserve biological diversity, reduce cropland damage, recharge groundwater, and filter sediment, chemicals, and nutrients.  Ask us about ways to incorporate wetlands on your land.  www.la.nrcs.usda.gov

 

United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service

 

Contact your local NRCS office to find out ways you can incorporate wetlands on your land.

Opportunities to consider:

Wetlands Reserve Program

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI)

Conservation Technical Assistance

 

For more information, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.

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