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
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 www.nrcs.usda.gov/GetStarted, the EQIP webpage or local USDA service center. For more on the 2014 Farm Bill, visit www.nrcs.usda.gov/FarmBill.