NRCS Announces Sign-up Period for Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

Alexandria – The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural producers statewide to develop and enhance habitat for migratory birds. This opportunity is being offered through NRCS’s 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.

“By expanding the area from 22 parishes last year to statewide this year, more landowners have the opportunity to participate in this popular initiative,” said Kevin Norton, State Conservationist in Louisiana.  “Interested landowners should visit their local NRCS office as soon as possible, because the application period for the first MBHI ranking ends July 25, 2014.”

Funding for the 2014 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 July 25, 2014.

To learn about technical and financial assistance available through EQIP, visit, the EQIP webpage or local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit



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