4 Ways Farmers Protect

South Dakota farmers are long-time conservationists with a deep sense of responsibility for stewardship of the land — including all its wildlife and aquatic life. Voluntary strategies include:

  1. Planting food plots for pheasant, deer and other game wildlife.
  2. Using shelterbelts to naturally protect crops, livestock or homes — and create significant wildlife habitat at the same time.
  3. Working with researchers to help protect habitat from farm production, livestock and machinery.
  4. Taking part in the federal Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) that pays farmers rent in exchange for land set aside for wildlife habitat or left unused near waterways.