Wildlife Group Offers CRP Sessions

Pheasants Forever is encouraging Ohio farmers and landowners to learn more about enrolling in CRP.

Published on: May 14, 2013

If you want to learn more about how the Conservation Reserve Program works, here is your chance. Wildlife biologists from Pheasants Forever are leading a series of workshops for Ohio farmers and landowners to explain the Farm Service Agency's land preserve program. The meetings will run from May 20 to June 14.

The representatives from Pheasants Forever will explain how the CRP can help them earn income and protect wildlife habitat, according to Dave Nomsen, PF vice president of government affairs. The information may help farmers and landowners to increase the chances of their acreage qualifying for the program

"It is Pheasants Forever's belief that there is room for conservation on every farm and ranch in the country," Nomsen says. "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."

Wildlife Group Offers CRP Sessions
Wildlife Group Offers CRP Sessions

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.

Landowners should not just assume there's no room for conservation practices in an era of record crop production and prices, Nomsen says. 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 can still make an appointment with their local Pheasants Forever Farm Bill Wildlife Biologist or visit their local FSA office.

Here is a schedule of the Ohio Pheasants Forever CRP meetings.

Biologist

Meeting Venue Name

Address

Town

County

State

Zip

Date

Time

Brice Nemire

Williams Co Soil and Water

1180 West High

Bryan

Williams

OH

43506

4/18/2013

10:00 a.m

Seth Rankin

USDA Service Center

220 W. Livingston St., Suite 1

Celina

Mercer

OH

453822

5/13/2013

Contact Seth

Seth Rankin

Chillicothe Service Center

475 Western Avenue, Suite G

Chillicothe

Ross

OH

45601

5/28/2013

10am & 6pm

Seth Rankin

Circleville Service Center

110 Island Rd. Suite D

Circleville

Pickaway

OH

43113

5/30/2013

10am & 6pm

Seth Rankin

USDA Service Center

1117 South Towne Court

Greenville

Darke

OH

45331

5/9/2013

Contact Seth

Barb Bauer

USDA Service Center

514 Harry Sauner Rd.

Hillsboro

Highland

OH

45133

5/30/2013

1 p.m.

Ted Welsh

Lima Office

1601 E 4th Street

Lima

Allen

OH

45804

4/25/2013

8 a.m.

Ted Welsh

Paulding Office

260 Dooley Dr

Paulding

Paulding

OH

45879

4/21/2013

8 a.m.

Seth Rankin

USDA Service Center

822 Fair Rd

Sidney

Shelby

OH

45365

5/7/2013

Contact Seth

Clint Geldine

Gottfried Nature Center

9783 County Highway 330

Upper Sandusky

Wyandot

OH

43351

5/15/2013

10am & 6pm

Seth Rankin

USDA Service Center

110 Industrial Dr., Suite F

Wapakoneta

Auglaize

OH

45385

5/14/2013

Contact Seth

Seth Rankin

Washington Court House Service Center

1415 U.S. 22 SW, Suite 500

Washington Courthouse

Fayette

OH

43160

5/29/2013

10am & 6pm

Source: Ohio Pheasants Forever.