Ohio State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE)
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- May 9, 2013 -- Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, announced today landowners and operators in designated geographical areas throughout Ohio will have the opportunity to offer cropland for enrollment in a Continuous Conservation Reserve Program pheasant practice entitled State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement (SAFE), also known as CP38E-4D. Pheasant SAFE sign-up starts May 13 and will be on a continuous (ongoing) basis in all or portions of the following counties: Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Clinton, Darke, Defiance, Fayette, Fulton (partial), Hardin, Highland (partial), Huron, Knox, Logan, Madison, Marion (partial), Morrow, Paulding, Pickaway, Ross (partial), Seneca, Shelby, Union, and Wyandot (partial). See map below for eligible geographic areas.
Pheasant SAFE utilizes a wildlife management practice specifically developed by conservation organizations and agencies located within Ohio to establish and restore habitats to support declining populations of game bird species. The program specifically targets declining pheasant and quail populations in areas of greatest impact.
Offers for enrollment in Pheasant SAFE practices may be made at any of the above FSA county offices in which the land is located. Offers are automatically accepted provided the land and producer meet certain eligibility requirements. Offers under this practice are not subject to competitive bidding; however, Ohio is limited to enrollment up to 28,700 acres on a first come, first served basis. The applicant may elect a contract period between 10-15 years. Pheasant SAFE allows for enrollment of whole fields.
Typically CP38E-4D practices receive a Signing Incentive Payment equal to $100 per acre, 50% cost share assistance for eligible practice establishment costs, a Practice Incentive Payment equal to about 40% of eligible establishment costs, and annual rental payments. Annual rental payments are calculated using soil rental rates, which are similar to cash rent rates.
Technical assistance will be provided by Federal, State and private professionals to help participants select proper seed species, locate practice areas, and establish and manage the practice cover. Seed mixes for the practice cover will be specifically designed to attract and benefit pheasants and other grassland species.
For more information on Ohio's Pheasant SAFE project, visit your local FSA county office or go online to read the factsheet at: www.fsa.usda.gov/oh
Pheasant SAFE Map: Counties or partial counties (blue areas) in which CP38E-4D Ohio Pheasant SAFE may be applied.