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NRCS Announces Sign-Up for 2012 Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI)

 
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04.27.2012
NRCS Announces Sign-Up for 2012 Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI)Rice fields flooded under the USDA-NRCS Migratory Bird Habitat Incentive (MBHI) Program in Vermillion Parish Louisiana.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers in portions of 22 parishes to develop and enhance habitat for migrating birds.  This opportunity is being offered through NRCS’ Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI)

Through MBHI, NRCS will work with agricultural producers to create or enhance shallow water, mud flat, and moist soil habitats to benefit a variety of migratory birds.  MBHI projects provide:  1) food and critical habitat for bird populations; 2) much-needed water during drought; 3) support for local economies by attracting hunters and bird watchers; and 4) new opportunities to improve wildlife management.

Eligible areas for Louisiana’s 2012 Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative include portions of:  Acadia, Allen, Assumption, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Evangeline, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafayette, Lafourche, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, Terrebonne, and Vermilion.

Funding for the 2012 MBHI will be provided through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  Applications for EQIP funding are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year; however to be considered in the first MBHI ranking pool, applications must be received by close of business on May 18, 2012.

Interested producers should contact their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or visit  http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/MBHI/index.html for more information. 

 

 

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Short-billed Dowitchers feeding in land enrolled into the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) in Abbeville, Louisiana.

2012 Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Area Map

The 2012 MBHI Area Map identifies the Parishes, 8-Digit Watersheds, and Regions that are included in the MBHI. The following geographic watershed boundaries have been established for funding allocation:

  • Atchafalaya Basin
  • Deltaic Plains
  • Gulf Coast Prairies

MBHI 2012 Activity List

Eligible practices needed to accomplish MBHI objectives are designed to provide a direct benefit to migratory bird habitat.

Click here to access Louisiana's MBHI 2012 Activity List.

For more information on the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI), USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, or Soil and Water Conservation Districts, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office or Soil and Water Conservation District.

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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