- Associated Press - Thursday, November 27, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A federal program that rewards farmers for turning some of their land into wildlife habitat has been opened to another 9,600 acres of Indiana farmland.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision means Hoosier farmers can now apply to have some of their acreage enrolled in the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement program.

Participants receive annual rental payments for 10 to 15 years and help with land-maintenance expenses such as erosion control.

They must sign contracts ensuring that the land isn’t farmed but is used to create wildlife habitat that can help sustain the federally endangered Indiana bat and other species such as the northern bobwhite quail and the American woodcock.

Nearly 14,000 acres in Indiana have been turned into such habitat since 2008 under federal programs.



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Online: www.fsa.usda.gov/conservation

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