The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is announcing a new signup period for the Wetlands Reserve Program. The program was re-authorized by Congress with the extension of the 2008 Farm Bill. The re-authorization allows for NRCS to begin taking applications immediately with a cutoff date of March 1. All applications ranked and inspected that meet the land eligibility requirements will be considered for funding on April 5.
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The Wetlands Reserve Program is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. Landowners can establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection. “They provide habitat, they help clean our water, they help reduce flooding,” said Paige Buck, NRCS spokeswoman. To be considered eligible for the program, applicants must have farm records established with the USDA Farm Service Agency.