To be considered for first round of selections through the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) in fiscal year 2010, Iowa farmers need to apply at the local USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office by Feb. 12.
WHIP is a voluntary program that provides eligible participants financial and technical assistance to implement conservation plans that create, restore, and enhance wildlife habitat. WHIP is offered through a continuous signup, but NRCS periodically makes funding selections as program dollars allow.
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Dave Brommel, Iowa NRCS WHIP coordinator, says Iowa currently has about $200,000 available to eligible producers, but he expects additional funding. "We have received only a portion of this year's allocation," he says. "We anticipate a total allocation of approximately $600,000 for fiscal year 2010."
Lands eligible for WHIP include: private agricultural land, nonindustrial private forestland, and Indian land. Iowa's WHIP priorities places emphasis on wildlife and fisheries habitat of national and state significance by providing assistance in the following areas: forestland (15%), grassland habitat (30%), riverine habitat (20%), and wildlife management (35%).
For more information or to apply for a WHIP contract, contact your local USDA Service Center or go online to www.ia.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip.html