USDA adds wildlife habitat incentive acres
An increase in eligible acres provides North Dakota landowners with opportunities to enroll in wildlife habitat improvement incentive programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture North Dakota Farm Service Agency. Officials recently announced that 82,800 additional acres have been approved for two Conservation Reserve Program within the state, State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) and Farmable Wetlands Program.
“We can accept more applications to enroll more acres in North Dakota for farmers and ranchers interested in protecting local pheasant, prairie chickens and waterfowl,” North Dakota Farm Service Agency Executive Director Aaron Krauter said. “In exchange for creating more grasslands and wetlands for these species, USDA will provide participating landowners with rental payments and help with expenses.”
Under the CRP, the Farm Service Agency contracts with landowners so that environmentally sensitive land is not farmed or ranched, but instead used for conservation. Of the new allocation, 50,000 acres are devoted to FWP and 32,800 acres are devoted to SAFE.