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USDA Sets Up Six-State Wetlands Restoration Program

Restoring wetlands will reduce downstream flood damage, improve surface and groundwater quality, recharge groundwater supplies and provide wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

Eligible cropland includes farmed and prior converted wetlands impacted by farming activities. FSA will offer annual rental payments for a 10- to 15-year period, plus an upfront signing incentive payment of $100-150/acre, depending on contract length, and a one-time practice incentive payment as a rental bonus equal to 40% of the eligible costs of installing the practice. The annual rental rate will be calculated to include an incentive equal to 20% of the normal CRP soil rental rate for the soil involved. Producers will also receive a cost-share payment that will be up to 50% of the actual cost of establishing the permanent cover.

The initial acreage allotment for each state is: Iowa, 100,000 acres; Minnesota, 100,000 acres; Montana, 25,000 acres; Nebraska, 75,000 acres; North Dakota, 100,000 acres; and South Dakota, 100,000 acres.

Contact your local FSA office for more information.

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