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USDA, conservation group enter new partnership

Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Jim Moseley announced a cooperative partnership with Pheasants Forever to help improve the Nation's wildlife habitat. The USDA entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Pheasants Forever during the group's meeting in Bloomington, Minn.

“Partnerships such as this help promote common sense environmental stewardship practices so working lands are conserved for farmers, ranchers and those who love wildlife,” said Moseley

The agreement, the first between the two organizations, establishes a framework of cooperation that encourages conservation projects for wildlife habitat, technical assistance for landowners, information and education materials, collaboration on habitat and wildlife research and development of habitat enhancement techniques.

Moseley also announced that NRCS will create a liaison position with Pheasants Forever that will aid in using new technology and approaches to deliver conservation programs at the local level.

“The agreement will help us work together to enhance the productivity of habitat for pheasants and other wildlife,” NRCS Chief Bruce Knight said.

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