First SAFE Contract in Nation to be Signed in Moody Co.

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First SAFE Contract in Nation to be Signed in South Dakota's Moody County

6/23/08

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Conner and Senator Thune to Attend

Moody County, South Dakota - Pheasants Forever (PF), agencies, politicians and conservationists will celebrate the instant success of South Dakota's State Acres For wildlife Enhancement (SAFE) program and witness the formal signing of the first SAFE contract in the country. SAFE represents an important change to the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). As part of the continuous enrollment portion of CRP, South Dakota's SAFE practice specifically targets smaller critical portions of farms and is focused on pheasant production. Nearly 33,000 acres have been offered for enrollment in the state's program in just the last few months.

What: The SAFE celebration will feature the formal signing of the first SAFE enrollment into contract. This will take place between landowner Steve Hemmers, who farms approximately 10,000 acres with his brother Jeff, and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner.

The site visit will include a tour of the working farm's property and surrounding CRP land. This will allow people to see how Farm Bill legislation looks when carried out at the ground level.

Who: Participants include political leaders, agency representatives and PF staff:
· U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Conner
· U.S. Senator John Thune (R-SD)
· John Johnson, Dep. Administrator for Farm Programs, USDA's FSA
· Dave Nomsen, Pheasants Forever, VP of Government Affairs
· Jeff Vonk, Secretary, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Dept.
· Janet L. Oertly, State Conservationist, USDA's NRCS
· Steven Cutler, State Executive Director, USDA's FSA

When: Friday, June 27th
· 3 PM Central - Contract signing ceremony

Where: Jeff Hemmers farm in Moody County, South Dakota
· 47452 239th St
Dell Rapids SD, 57022
· From Exit 104 - Trent, South Dakota
1.5 miles east until you are at a 4-way stop
Head one mile north on 474th Ave
Turn East on 239th St. for 1/2 mile
Farm will be on the north side of the road

Media Contact:
Bob St.Pierre
PF Director of Marketing and PR
(651)334-1473
stpete@pheasantsforever.org

Dave Nomsen
PF Vice President of Government Affairs
(320)491-9163
dnomsen@pheasantsforever.org
 


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