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USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service South Dakota

The Leopold Conservation Award is given each year to a private landowner dedicated to ethical land practices. Cronin Farms won the South Dakota award this year. A farm tour demonstrated what the operation is doing to improve the environment.

The pheasant is not only important in South Dakota for its cultural value, but also for what it contributes to the economy. In 2015, more than 150 thousand hunters harvested more than one point two million pheasants in South Dakota. Nearly 85 thousand hunters came from out of state. They poured millions of dollars into local economies. South Dakota isn’t a pheasant destination by accident.

Waiting To Mow Ditches Helps Protect Pheasant Nests

Jun 20, 2016

Governor Dennis Daugaard is reminding East River landowners to wait to mow ditches along the state highway system until July 10th. He says holding off on mowing is helpful for the pheasant population.

GF&P: Grassland Important For Pheasant Habitat

Jun 6, 2016
Matthew Grunig, SD GF&P

South Dakota’s Revised Pheasant Management Plan is ready for implementation. It guides pheasant management over the next five years. The plan focuses on habitat, especially on private land.

Study Forecasts Consequences Of Changing Landscape

Apr 5, 2016
Kealey Bultena

SDSU researchers predict that over the next two decades, the amount of land used for growing crops in the northern Great Plains will increase. They say that means the amount of grassland will decrease, creating some potential risks.

Legislature Considers Bills On Veto Day

Mar 28, 2016
Jenifer Jones

Tuesday state legislators consider overriding five vetoes issued by Governor Dennis Daugaard.