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Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:52

General CRP sign-up runs May 20th through June 14th

Iowa – May 7, 2013 – Pheasants Forever is hosting informational meetings across Iowa for landowners and agricultural producers in advance of the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up that runs May 20th through June 14th. Led by Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists, landowners can learn how to increase their farm or ranch income while creating wildlife habitat in the process.

“It is Pheasants Forever’s belief that there is room for conservation on every farm and ranch in the country,” says Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever’s Vice President of Government Affairs, “Just a look at recent history – from a wet cycle to a historic drought last year – showcases this need for conservation. Programs like CRP provide stability for producers on lower-yielding, tougher-to-farm acres, while simultaneously serving as America’s top habitat tool for pheasants and quail.”

At CRP informational meetings, Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists will discuss how the Conservation Reserve Program works, and provide landowners with expertise on increasing the chances of their acreage qualifying for the program. While a majority of meetings are occurring prior to the opening of CRP General Sign-Up 45, in some areas meetings extend into the first few weeks of the open sign-up period.

Nomsen encourages landowners to attend the meetings and to not assume there’s no room for conservation practices in an era of record crop production and prices. “CRP rental rates may be significantly higher in some areas than in years past, some CRP practices allow for haying and grazing, others encourage pollinator habitat, and those pollinating insects are also necessary for agricultural production. Every farm in the country, whether it’s 200 acres or 2,000 acres, has a percentage of acreage in production that annually loses money. So we’re looking to work together with landowners to identify these areas and help their bottom line, and also help Pheasants Forever’s bottom line of conserving wildlife habitat.”

The CRP informational meetings are organized by Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, the Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Landowners who can’t make a CRP informational meeting are encouraged to make an appointment with their local Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist or visit their local FSA office.

Pheasants Forever, including its quail conservation division, Quail Forever, is the nation's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to upland habitat conservation. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have more than 135,000 members and 730 local chapters across the United States and Canada. Chapters are empowered to determine how 100 percent of their locally raised conservation funds are spent, the only national conservation organization that operates through this truly grassroots structure.

Contact an Iowa Pheasants Forever Biologist

Iowa Pheasants Forever CRP Meeting Schedule

Biologist Meeting Venue Name Address Town County State Zip Date Time
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Manchester Pizza Ranch 1100 W Main St. Manchester Delaware IA 52057 5/16/2013 10AM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Swiss Valley Nature Center 13606 Swiss Valley Rd Peosta Dubuque IA 52068 5/15/2013 1PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Swiss Valley Nature Center 13606 Swiss Valley Rd Peosta Dubuque IA 52068 5/15/2013 6PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Mossy Oak Properties 2044 HWY 5 Albia Monroe IA 52531 5/28/2013 6PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Drake Community Library 930 Park St Grinnell Poweshiek IA 50112 5/21/2013 6PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ISU Extension Office 212 North I Oskaloosa Mahaska IA 52577 5/23/2013 6PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it USDA Service Center 300 Chamber Dr Anamosa Jones IA 52205 5/20/2013 12PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Linn County Extension Office 383 Collins Rd. NE Suite 201 Cedar Rapids Linn IA 52402 5/14/2013 6PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Central Park 12515 Central Park Rd Center Junction Jones IA 52212 5/31/2013 5PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Coggon Fire Station 101 N Railroad St Coggon Linn IA 52218 5/22/2013 6:30PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Fairfax Public Library 313 Vanderbilt Street Fairfax Linn IA 52228 5/19/2013 3PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Jones County Extension 800 N. Maple St. Suite 2 Monticello Jones IA 52310 5/21/2013 5:30PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Mt. Vernon City Building 213 1st St. NW Mt. Vernon Linn IA 52314 5/30/2013 7PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Wickiup Hill Learning Center 10260 Morris Hill Road Toddville Linn IA 52341 5/28/2013 7PM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ISU Extension Office 304 E 7th St Logan Harrison IA 51546 5/23/2013 9:30AM
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Jackson Building Madison County Fairgrounds Winterset Madison IA 50273 5/23/2013 6PM

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Pheasants Forever is dedicated to the conservation of pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvements, public awareness, education and land management policies and programs.