Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have partnered with the United Sorghum Checkoff Program to offer conservation cost-share opportunities for sorghum producers in western Kansas.

The new sustainability initiative—Sorghum for BIRDS (Building Innovative, Resilient, and Diverse agricultural Systems)—targets low performing acres by offering growers a one-time incentive payment to apply targeted conservation practices in tandem with sorghum production. The Sorghum for BIRDS application period is now open to Kansas producers in a 15-county region.

Committed to showcasing the nexus between upland bird habitats and sorghum production, The Habitat Organization and USCP launched the Sorghum for BIRDS initiative to help achieve mutual goals for landscape-level sustainability and profitability in the heart of America’s sorghum belt. Paired with a wide variety of targeted conservation practices, the program is designed to provide increased technical support for sorghum growers to enhance upland bird habitat while improving farm-level profitability and sustainability outcomes.

“Sorghum has such an important role to play in sustainable farming systems, especially here in the High Plains,” says Kira Everhart-Valentin, USCP Sustainability Director. “Its resource-conserving nature makes it a key contributor to healthy soils and the protection of precious water sources, while its wildlife-friendly characteristics help to support diverse ecosystems. Sorghum is good for birds and good for farms, and we’re very excited about this opportunity for growers to bring more value to their operations.”

“Sustainability begins with profitability, which is why our new initiative is groundbreaking for western Kansas. Sorghum for BIRDS is an incredibly exciting opportunity to reach new growers and help connect them to cost-share programs they may not otherwise be aware of,” stated Brittany Smith, Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “My role is to help producers identify conservation options that address profitability and sustainability throughout the entire farm. Working one-on-one with growers, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever will help implement innovative solutions from start to finish."

For more information about applying for Sorghum for BIRDS or enrollment opportunities, please contact Brittany Smith, Kansas Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist, at bsmith@pheasantsforever.org or 316-302-4467.

To learn more about the partnership between Pheasants Forever, Quail Forever, and the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, watch our partnership video or contact Kira Everhart-Valentin, Sustainability Director for USCP, at kira@sorghumcheckoff.com or 620-874-8195.

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