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October 29, 2008   Email to Friend 

NRCS ANNOUNCES CONTINUOUS 'WHIP' SIGN-UP
Julie B. Yates
(334) 887-4581
October 29, 2008

AUBURN, Ala. -- State Conservationist Gary Kobylski today announced a continuous sign-up for the Fiscal Year 2009 Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

Land eligible for WHIP includes: Private agricultural land, non-industrial private forest land, and tribal land.

"Even though program rules are still being developed in Washington, we are urging local farmers and ranchers to apply as early as possible. By accepting WHIP applications now we can develop conservation plans and be well positioned to provide contracts to producers when the rules are disseminated," said Kobylski.

The WHIP program, administered by NRCS, provides both technical and financial assistance to individuals interested in establishing and improving wildlife habitat on private land.

NRCS will work with participants to develop a wildlife habitat development plan which becomes the basis of the financial assistance agreement. Conservation minded landowners are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service office, listed in the telephone book under U.S. Department of Agriculture.


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