Pheasants Forever is hosting 14 CRP Landowner Workshops in North Dakota this March to inform farmers, ranchers and conservationists about the Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-Up 43. The sign-up, which runs from March 12, 2012 through April 6, 2012, is crucial to North Dakota’s ring-necked pheasant population.

At the workshops, landowners can learn from Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists how to improve the chances of their land 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.

Grassland habitat in North Dakota has helped maintain the state’s status as one of the nation’s top pheasant producing states, but North Dakota has faced a continued loss of critical CRP acres in recent years. This loss, combined with a prolonged 2010/2011 winter, led to a 36% decline in North Dakota’s pheasant population last season. “These 14 workshops are intended to provide landowners with guidance and an opportunity to interact with qualified biologists regarding their options for the sign-up. We will also focus largely on ways in which producers can increase their EBI scores,” said Ginger Walker, Prairie Pothole Region Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist Coordinator. “We are very excited to play a role in this important technical assistance opportunity.”

DateCountyTimePlace
3/7/2012LaMoure10 am – 2 pmVerona Café
3/7/2012Bowman1:30 pmBowman Public Library (Prairie Rose Room)
3/8/2012Hettinger1:30 pmNew England  Memorial Building
3/9/2012Barnes12 pm – 7 pmNorth Dakota Winter Show
3/10/2012Barnes9 pm – 7 pmNorth Dakota Winter Show
3/11/2012Barnes11 am – 5 pmNorth Dakota Winter Show
3/14/2012Stutsman2 pmFriends Bar and Grill
3/15/2012Stutsman10 amPingree Café
3/15/2012Stutsman2 pmSpiritwood Bar
3/19/2012Stark11:30 amElks Lodge #1137
3/20/2012Hettinger11:30 amPheasant Café and Lodge
3/26/2012Stark11:30 amElks Lodge #1137
3/26/2012Adams1 pmHettinger Research Extension Center
3/27/2012Hettinger11:30 amPheasant Café and Lodge

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