LAKE VILLAGE (AGFC) – Landowners and agricultural producers interested in
cost-share programs are invited to attend the Southeast Arkansas
Agriculture and Wildlife Workshop in Lake Village. The workshop will
deal with wildlife habitat, cover crops, water management and
conservation practices that retain agricultural productivity.
Natural resource professionals with the Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, Ducks Unlimited, Natural Resource Conservation Service and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will discuss wetland management,
quail management, agricultural programs unique to the area, and other
conservation programs offering financial incentives.
Michael Budd with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program says the
workshop is being held in hopes of creating more wildlife habitat,
better management of existing habitat, create new habitat and to improve
water quality. "We also want landowners to know what cost-share
programs are available to them, how and why to enroll, and what they can
expect long-term," Budd said. "This is a great opportunity for
landowners to meet the conservation professionals in the area who
provide funding, technical assistance, and who can help landowners
through each step of the process" he added.
According to David Long, Private Lands Coordinator with Arkansas Game
and Fish Commission, many times farmers have croplands and other lands
that are hard to farm or are low in productivity that they would like to
figure out other income sources for these low yielding agricultural
lands. "Most are not aware of the many state, federal and private
programs that provide significant financial incentives and income
opportunities to improve or create wildlife habitat on private
property," Long explained. "In addition, program changes occur regularly
that normally result in better benefits for landowners and place new
practices in the toolbox. Our workshop will cover all the programs
available to assist landowners in conservation practices to improve fish
and wildlife habitat and show them the money to improve their farm
operations and many times increase cash flow."
Salt intrusion in catfish ponds is causing production problems for many
farmers, Long noted. "Many are looking at and enrolling in income
producing programs such as found in the Wetland Reserve Program (pays up
to $1,500 per acre for conservation easements and the Continuous
Conservation Reserve Program which pays yearly rental payments (up to 15
years), $100 per acre up-front payments and other incentives. These
programs will be covered in detail at the Feb. 1 workshop in Lake
Village," he said.
The workshop will be held on Feb. 1 at the Lake Village Fire Station
#2, starting at 10 a.m. A free lunch will be provided following the
session. For more information, and to RSVP by Jan. 25 to secure a seat
and the lunch, please contact Sheila Pieroni at the Chicot County
Conservation District at 870-265-5312, ext. 3.