Nebraska CRP Meetings for Landowners

For Rural Radio Network - Pheasants Forever is hosting informational meetings across Nebraska 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, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission and the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Farm Bill wildlife biologists leading the meetings are employees of, and supervised by PF, with daily instruction and leadership provided by Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC). Funding is provided by NRCS, NGPC and local PF/QF Chapters.

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 a Nebraska Pheasants Forever Biologist

Past Nebraska Pheasants Forever CRP Meeting Schedule
Date Time Location Biologist
9-Apr-13 2:00 PM Town and Country Insurance
210 E Main St
Pierce, NE Cassidy Gerdes
11-Apr-13 7:00 PM First National Bank Northeast
448 S 13th St
Tekamah, NE Scott Schmidt
23-Apr-13 12:00 noon NRCS Office
1105 S Brown St
Minden, NE Kelsi Wehrman
24-Apr-13 7:00 PM Blair Field Office
1060 Wilbur St
Blair, NE Scott Schmidt
30-Apr-13 1:00 PM Dakota City Field Office
1505 Broadway ST
Dakota City, NE Scott Schmidt
7-May-13 10:00 AM Scotia Community Hall
102 S Main ST
Scotia, NE Ben Wheeler
7-May-13 1:00 PM Lower Loup Natural Resources District
2620 Airport Dr
Ord, NE Ben Wheeler
7-May-13 2:00 PM Bloomfield Community Center
101 S Broadway
Bloomfield, NE Cassidy Gerdes
7-May-13 5:00 PM Communtiy Center
803 O St
Loup City, NE Ben Wheeler
7-May-13 7:30 PM Ogallala USDA Service Center
Ogallala, NE Chad Christensen
7-May-13 7:30 PM UNL Extension Service-Antelope Co.
501 Main St
Neligh, NE Ryan Lodge
8-May-13 1:00 PM Library - Pawnee City
735 8th St
Pawnee City, NE Bruce Sprague
8-May-13 5:00 PM UNL Extension Service-Holt Co.
128 N 6th St, Suite 100
O'Neill, NE Ryan Lodge

Future Nebraska Pheasants Forever CRP Meeting Schedule
Date Time Location Biologist
9-May-13 2:00 PM VFW
126 E Main
Hartington, NE Cassidy Gerdes
9-May-13 2:30 PM UNL-Extension Lancaster County
444 Cherrycreek Rd Suite A
Lincoln, NE Jake Holt
9-May-13 3:00 PM Wheeler County Fairgrounds
Bartlett, NE Ryan Lodge
9-May-13 7:00 PM Fire Hall
205 Mary St
Newcastle, NE Cassidy Gerdes
9-May-13 7:30 PM Stapleton Community Center
Stapleton, NE Chad Christensen
10-May-13 1:00 PM Homestead National Monument
8523 Nebraska
Beatrice, NE Bruce Sprague
13-May-13 10:00 am MST Alliance NRCS Office
124 E 24th St
Alliance, NE Todd Filipi
13-May-13 1:00 PM Papio-Missouri River NRD -
Chalco Hills Rec. Area
8901 South 154th St
Omaha, NE Scott Schmidt
13-May-13 6:30 PM Hruska Memorial Library
David City, NE Brian Teeter
14-May-13 12:00 pm MST American Legion
206 Sprague St
Rushville, NE Todd Filipi
14-May-13 2:00 PM Lifelong Learning Center
801 E Benjamin Ave
Norfolk, NE Cassidy Gerdes
14-May-13 5:00 PM Pleasanton Community Center
202 N Sycamore St
Pleasanton, NE Ethan Tetter
14-May-13 7:00 PM Cornerstone Bank
240 S 3rd St
Albion, NE Ryan Lodge
14-May-13 7:00 pm MST Mid Plains Community College
1324 Broadway
Imperial, NE Heather Frances
14-May-13 6:30 PM Lower Platte North NRD
511 Commercial Pk Rd
Wahoo, NE Brian Teeter
14-May-13 7:30 PM Wallace Legion Hall
Wallace, NE Chad Christensen
15-May-13 9:00 AM Union Bank & Trust
1313 K St
Fairbury, NE Jake Holt
15-May-13 10:00 AM Frankin County Fairgrounds
Franklin, NE Kelsi Wehrman
15-May-13 11:00 am MST Bridgeport USDA Office
902 Main St
Bridgeport, NE Todd Filipi
15-May-13 12:00 PM Lexington Library
907 N Washington St
Lexington, NE Ethan Tetter
15-May-13 7:00 pm MST Benkelman FSA Building
1303 A St
Benkelman, NE Heather Frances
15-May-13 7:00 PM The Gathering Place
612 Howard Ave
St Paul, NE Ryan Lodge
15-May-13 6:30 PM The Cattle National Bank & Trust Co
104 S 5th
Seward, NE Brian Teeter
16-May-13 9:00 am MST South Platte NRD Office
551 Parkland Dr
Sidney, NE Todd Filipi
16-May-13 7:30 AM UNL Extension Building
WCREC Auditorium
North Platte, NE Chad Christensen
16-May-13 10:00 AM Blue Hill Senior Center
555 W Gage St
Blue Hill, NE Kelsi Wehrman
16-May-13 2:30 PM UNL Extension Saline County
306 W 3rd St
Wilber, NE Jake Holt
16-May-13 4:30 PM Sargent Community Building
Sargent, NE Jim Conn
16-May-13 6:00 PM Mid-Plains Community College
2520 South E St.
Broken Bow, NE Ethan Tetter
16-May-13 7:00 PM Library - Pawnee City
735 8th St
Pawnee City, NE Bruce Sprague
16-May-13 7:00 pm MST Hastings Memorial Library
246 Central Ave
Grant, NE Heather Frances
17-May-13 9:00 am MST North Platte NRD Office
100547 Airport Rd
Scottsbluff, NE Todd Filipi
20-May-13 6:00 PM USDA Building
36465 Hwy 34
Trenton, NE Andy Houser
21-May-13 12:00 pm MST Country Kitchen
1250 W 10th St
Chadron, NE Todd Filipi
21-May-13 6:00 PM American Legion Hall
603 Tate St
Hayes Center, NE Andy Houser
22-May-13 10:00 AM Johnson Center
509 Main St
Alma, NE Kelsi Wehrman
22-May-13 2:00 PM Community Building
318 10th St
Beaver City, NE Kelsi Wehrman
22-May-13 6:00 PM 4H Meeting Room
1400 West 5th St
McCook, NE Andy Houser
TBD TBD Kimball Event Center
615 E 3rd St
Kimball, NE Todd Filipi

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