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Feds could pay farmers for wildlife habitat

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Posted: Jul 20, 2010 5:25 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: program, money, compensate, farmers, agriculture, habitat, wildlife

A new program could compensate farmers for agricultural practices that provide habitat to wildlife.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service says the program could pay farmers for creating mud flats in their fields, pumping water onto fields and holding water.

State conservationist Kevin Norton says the same fields used to produce crops also support migrant and resident water birds and the Working Wetlands program can help landowners improve their fields
to meet life cycle requirements for those birds.

Farmers can sign up for the program through Aug. 20.

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