Learn How To Improve Your CRP Enrollment Chances

Learn How To Improve Your CRP Enrollment Chances

Pheasants Forever to host workshops across South Dakota to help landowners with sign-up bids.

Pheasants Forever is hosting 22 Conservation Reserve Program landowner workshops in South Dakota in March to inform farmers, ranchers and conservationists about the CRP general Sign-Up 43.

The sign-up, which runs from March 12 through April 6, is crucial to South Dakota's ring-necked pheasant population, according to Pheasants Forever.

"South Dakota pheasants and other wildlife are in need of a successful CRP signup, but so are landowners," says Matt Morlock, a Pheasants Forever biologist based out of Brookings, "This signup isn't about pitting ag production and wildlife against one another, but working together for the betterment of a balanced South Dakota landscape."

At the workshops, landowners can learn from Pheasants Forever biologists how to improve the chances of their lands being accepted in the competitive CRP General Sign-Up 43.

Pheasants Forever will also be informing producers on how conserving marginal lands through CRP can prove mutually beneficial for wildlife and agriculture production.

Abundant CRP grassland habitat in South Dakota has helped maintain the state's status as the nation's top pheasant producing state, but the state has lost more than a quarter of its CRP acreage since 2007 (from 1.56 million acres in 2007 to the current level of 1.1 million acres). South Dakota's pheasant population dropped nearly 50% last year.

The schedule for the meeting is:

March 6 – 1 p.m., Forestburg, Forestburg 4H Building

March 7 – 12 p.m., Wessington Springs, Springs Inn

March 12 -- 7 p.m., Aberdeen, Barnett Center Room 59A

March 13 --4 p.m., Britton, Marshall County Community Center

March 14 -- 7 p.m., Webster, Day County Courthouse (basement)

March 19 --10 a.m., Onida, Phoenix Center

March 19 --1 p.m., Gettysburg, J&B's Quik Stop

March 19 -- 2 p.m., Clear Lake, Municipal Community Building

March 19 -- 6 p.m., Herreid, Community Center

March 19 -- 7 p.m., Milbank, Milbank Community Center

March 20 -- 9 a.m., Timber Lake, USDA Service Center

March 20 -- 1 p.m., Dupree, USDA Service Center

March 20 -- 2 p.m., Watertown, Codington County 4-H Building

March 20 -- 6 p.m., Lemmon, Dakota Lodge

March 21 -- 7 p.m., Redfield, Spink County Courthouse (basement)

March 21 -- 10 a.m., Phillip, USDA Service Center

March 21 -- 2 p.m., Kadoka, USDA Service Center

March 22 -- 10 a.m., Murdo, USDA Service Center

March 22 -- 7 p.m., Sisseton, Roberts County 4-H Building

March 22 -- 7 p.m., Presho, Hutch's Restaurant & Lounge

March 23 -- 10 a.m., Pierre, USDA Service Center

March 26 -- 6 p.m., Martin, City Library (community room)

For more information, contact Matt Morlock at 605-881-8258.

Source: Pheasant Forever

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