Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres provide the top nationwide habitat component in producing pheasants and quail, while providing a host of soil, water quality and environmental benefits. A new CRP General Sign-Up begins Monday, March 12, the first such opportunity in a year. Calls, letters and emails from Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever members from across the country helped make this possible.
“The announcement of a March general CRP sign-up is welcome news. More than 20 percent of all CRP acres enrolled across the country are set to expire in eight months,” explained Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “Consider what those acres mean to pheasants, quail, ducks, water quality, rural economies and hunters. It’s staggering to consider.”
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have 100 Farm Bill Wildlife Biologists ready to work with landowners during the sign-up, and the organization is hosting hundreds of CRP landowners workshops across pheasant country. Landowners are encouraged to consult with these biologists to maximize their Environmental Benefits Index scores and thus the chances of their offers being accepted.