The United State Department of Agriculture has a new program under the Natural Resources Conservation Service that will offer Louisiana residents who qualify financial help for building a bird habitat on their land.

Louisiana Agriculture Commissioner Mike Strain says agricultural producers in 22 parishes may be eligible for financial aide if they are willing to put a bird habitat on their property.  The whole purpose is to develop and enhance new habitats for migrating birds.

The parishes that do have areas that could qualify for funds are the following in Acadiana:

  • Acadia
  • Evangeline
  • Iberia
  • Lafayette
  • St. Landry
  • St. Martin
  • St. Mary
  • Vermilion

Ag commissioner Mike Strain says the Ducks Unlimited is partnering with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on the program.  Anyone landowner who thinks they might be interested need to visit their local Natural Resources Conservation Service office.

There are other parishes in Louisiana with landowners who may be eligible:

  • Allen
  • Assumption
  • Beauregard
  • Calcasieu
  • Cameron
  • Iberville
  • Jefferson
  • Jefferson Davis
  • Lafourche
  • Plaquemines
  • St. Charles
  • St. James
  • St. John the Baptist
  • Terrebonne

The application deadline for the program in Friday, May 18th.