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A panel of four experts have recently stated during the Pheasants Forever State Meeting in Mitchell, that precision farming is good for habitat conservation. During the meeting, the four panelists discussed what improvements could be implemented since the Governor’s Pheasant Habitat Summit that was held over two years ago.

Eric Johannsen provided his insights into what precision farming can do for pheasant conservation. He also talked about the effect the technique has had on his own family business. He also stated that there had been some positive responses from the public who could see the results of a “produce more with less” mentality.

"I would say in the last couple of years it has been very contagious, mainly because of economics. When things get tight, people try to figure out how not to be wasteful," Johannsen added during his presentation.

There is an online campaign, Habitat Pays, that provides landowners and ranchers with knowledge of what habitat resources are available and what financial incentives they can earn when they place their land into conservation. This is one of the initiatives that was a result of the 2013 pheasant summit that was hosted by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.

There were another six recommendations that were proposed in order to help conserve and add more pheasant habitat to South Dakota.

According to Johannsen, farmers have had easier times.  "There were some years we didn't have to manage risk—we didn't have any. All we had to do was put seed in the ground and we were guaranteed a profit," Johannsen explained during the meeting. "The precision side of it, with being really conservative-minded, we're just now getting into it."

He also added that the resources that are now available because of the Habitat Pays program are ‘incredible’.

The panel also concluded at the meeting that for South Dakota Pheasants Forever, there is a bright future. The organization can utilize current achievements to grow and become even more successful.

Were you at the meeting? Are you into precision farming?

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