The United State Department of Agriculture is seeking public comment on changes to the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, known as WHIP, on the interim rule released by the USDA on Jan. 16. WHIP is a voluntary conservation program that provides up to 75 percent financial assistance to private landowners who want to develop or improve habitat for fish and wildlife on private agricultural, non-industrial forest or Indian lands.
Public comments must be submitted by March 17. People interested in reading the interim rule should visit the USDA-NRCS Web site at (www.nrcs.usda.gov/programs/whip/). The interim rule and public comments will be used to establish the program's final rule and policy for the life of the 2008 Farm Bill.
Daily News Staff