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Conservation Programs for North Dakota Landowners

From 2007 to 2016, North Dakota lost 1.84 million acres of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Another 400,000 acres of CRP will expire in North Dakota by 2018. That’s like losing another 360,000 football fields worth of crucial nesting habitat for wildlife. In North Dakota, only (7 percent) of landowners who applied for the 49th general CRP sign-up were successful; in South Dakota it was less than (1 percent).

DU uses OHF to create Enhanced Grazing Lands and Wildlife Habitat program

The Enhanced Grazing Lands and Wildlife Habitat program, funded through North Dakota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund (OHF), is helping North Dakota landowners maintain 11,000 acres of expiring Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands and other grasslands. The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and Ducks Unlimited partnered to enroll landowners in this program in 2015-2016 using a core set of NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) practices. The program offers enhanced grazing and habitat management incentives to transition lands at high-risk of conversion, to working lands for grazing and improved wildlife habitat.

USDA sees strong demand for Conservation Reserve Program

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week fewer than 900,000 acres nationwide were enrolled through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up period ending Feb. 26.

Michigan farmers tout Conservation Reserve Program to Washington, D.C. lawmakers

Munger landowners James and DeAnn Sattelberg traveled to the nation’s Capital on Wednesday to tell lawmakers how the Conservation Reserve Program has benefited their farm and the surrounding environment.

Additional CRP Acreage Will Help Ducks, Other Wildlife

Officials from Ducks Unlimited welcomed an announcement by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack regarding an additional 800,000 acres that will be eligible for enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Vilsack announced the additional CRP acreage during the Ducks Unlimited annual convention in Milwaukee on Friday, May 29.

Prairie states ag producers to have more conservation options

BISMARCK, N.D. – June 1, 2015 - Prairie states farmers and ranchers will soon have a new opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). During a speech at Ducks Unlimited’s national convention Friday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that an additional 800,000 acres of CRP will be accepted for general enrollment, starting in December. Also available are additional continuous CRP acres, including State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) and conservation practices targeted at key waterfowl breeding habitat in the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR).

Partners on Private Lands

In February 2014, Congress passed a new Farm Bill that authorized several agriculture and conservation programs through 2018. This nearly half-trillion-dollar legislative package provides more than $28 billion in funding over five years for voluntary conservation programs on farms and ranches across the United States. The future of waterfowl is inextricably linked to the conservation of wetlands and other important habitats on private lands, and the Farm Bill is a key component of these efforts.

America's 2014 Farm Bill

After two and a half years of delays and gridlock, Congress passed a new Farm Bill in February 2014. This bipartisan legislation provides more than $28 billion in funding for a variety of conservation programs on private lands. Following is an overview of important conservation provisions included in the new Farm Bill, and how they are likely to impact waterfowl and their habitats across the United States over the next five years.

DU and Partners Help Farmers Conserve Montana's Prairies

The Hi-Line, which encompasses Montana's portion of the Prairie Pothole Region (PPR), has been experiencing native grassland loss at rates not seen since the Dust Bowl. To help reverse this trend, DU conservation specialist Brett Dorak recently began working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff to promote federal conservation programs.

Montana Recognized by DU for Natural Resources Conservation Service

DU presented the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with its Montana DU Conservation Partner of the Year award in August at the Montana DU state convention in Great Falls. The award is presented annually to agencies and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Montana.

Robert "Bob" Zorb honored at 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards Ceremony

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – April 1, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited announced today the winners of the 2013 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards during the 78th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference held in Arlington, Va., at the Crystal Gateway Hyatt. This year's recipient for the Conservation/Private Citizen award is Robert "Bob" Zorb.

Cliff or Launch Pad?

Insights from Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall, published in the March/April 2013 issue of Ducks Unlimited Magazine.

DU Recognizes Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana

Ducks Unlimited presented the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) with its Montana DU Conservation Partner of the Year award in August at the Montana DU state convention in Great Falls. The award is presented annually to agencies and individuals who make outstanding contributions to the conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat in Montana.

Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 Facts

The bill was a compilation of 19 bipartisan bills important to the sportsmen’s community to support public-land access for hunters and anglers as well as conservation of habitat and wildlife. The bill focuses on two issues important to DU and our members: 1) habitat conservation and; 2) increasing access for hunting.

Ducks Unlimited applauds bipartisan Senate support of the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012

Ducks Unlimited is encouraged by the U.S. Senate’s early morning procedural vote yesterday to move forward with the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 (S.3525), making it the first piece of legislation taken up with their return in November. The 84-to-7 vote in favor of moving to vote on passage after recess reflects the broad support of these conservation, hunting and fishing provisions.

Revolving Land Strategy Protects Native Prairie

Proceeds from the sale of part of DU's Goebel Ranch in South Dakota are being reinvested to conserve more native prairie nesting habitat for waterfowl.

Conservation: Ducks in a Crowded World

Sustaining healthy waterfowl numbers will be a great challenge as the earth's human population grows

DU recognizes Senate agricultural committee's progress on 2012 Farm Bill

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – April 23, 2012 – Ducks Unlimited compliments the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and its chairwoman, Sen. Debbie Stabenow, on the April 20 introduction of the 2012 Farm Bill in the Senate.

Coalition aims to direct oil, gas revenue toward conserving North Dakota's natural resources

DU has joined forces with other conservation organizations, business leaders and concerned citizens to seek dedicated funding for water, land and wildlife conservation in North Dakota.

The Farm Bill, Ducks and You

The 2012 Farm Bill is scheduled to be reauthorized next year, and depending on the outcome, this single piece of legislation will either positively or negatively impact millions of acres of wetlands, grasslands and other waterfowl habitat across the United States.

Stewards of the Prairie

Cattle ranchers manage much of this continent's most important waterfowl breeding habitat

Conservation: Can we save CRP?

Without your help, this important agricultural conservation program faces an uncertain future

Secrets to Success

DU has discovered a wealth of new information about what drives duck production on the prairies

Policy News 3-5

DU supports strengthening hunting tradition with additional funding for Open Fields; DU volunteers, staff attend South Carolina Sportsmen's Caucus luncheon; DU thanks state of Louisiana for $2 million support of marsh restoration project; USDA to hold general CRP sign-up for second consecutive year; DU uses Farm Bill easement program to protect critical rice land habitat in California; DU and partners ask state of California, DOI to consider wetlands, waterfowl during water crisis

DU Celebrates Second Consecutive CRP Sign-up

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced another general sign-up for CRP, which will begin March 14, 2011, and continue through April 15, 2011, marking the second year in a row that USDA has offered a general CRP sign-up.

Policy News 2-52

DU recognizes 25th anniversary of Conservation Reserve Program

DU salutes USDA's support, commitment to conservation on 25th anniversary of CRP

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Dec. 23, 2010 - This year marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Conservation Reserve Program. The Food Security Act of 1985 established the CRP, arguably the greatest landscape-level conservation program ever.

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)

Administered by the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), the Conservation Reserve Program provides annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to producers who take marginal cropland out of production and restore it to wildlife habitat.

Ducks Unlimited: CRP sign-up comes at critical time for ducks

BISMARCK, N.D. - July 28, 2010 - Ducks Unlimited says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Conservation Reserve Program general sign-up comes at a critical time for duck populations, with nesting grounds continuing to disappear. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced yesterday that the agency will allow new enrollments in CRP in 2010, the first time since 2006.

Winter Wheat: The Duck-Friendly Crop

New partnership is a win-win for farmers and waterfowl.

Americas New Farm Bill

Changes to Farm Bill programs mean your support for DU’s habitat conservation work is more vital than ever.

Fueling the Migration

During spring, waterfowl need high-quality wetland habitat to fuel their journey to the breeding grounds.

New CRP Practice Emphasizes Ducks

New enrollment guidelines will provide valuable nesting habitat, but significant challenges remain.

Habitat Benefits All Outdoorsmen and Women

DU's conservation work supports many fish and game species in addition to ducks and geese

CRP - Conservation Reserve Program

In 1985, spring surveys by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service placed waterfowl breeding populations at 25.6 million ducks and predicted a fall flight of 54.5 million. Mallards, pintails and blue-winged teal in particular were in trouble, with populations at or near their lowest in the 30-year history of the surveys.

Saving the Sprig

Ducks Unlimited is pursuing an ambitious habitat conservation strategy to help bring back the pintail to its former abundance.

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