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Dear Editor,

Come see how conservation practices that are interwoven in farm planning and practices can be good for the land, the farmer and the pheasants.

On Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m., in conjunction with the first Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Opener, Land Stewardship Project will be touring Moonstone Farm, near Montevideo, Minn., to demonstrate how attention to farming practices that increase on-farm diversity can benefit not only the farmer's bottom line but also the environment and Minnesota's bird population.

Since 2007 there has been a decline of nearly 120,000 acres of grass habitat enrolled in farm programs such as the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources recently announced that the state's pheasant population index has dropped 64 percent from 2010, and is 71 percent below the state's 10-year average.

The farm tour will be led by Richard Handeen and Audrey Arner, co-owners of Moonstone Farm. They will highlight how they have converted the farm from a landscape dominated by annual row crops to a perennial, biodiverse system that produces high quality beef and healthy soil, while also providing habitat for a rich diversity of wildlife, including ground nesting birds.

So we can better plan for the tour or if you have any questions please RVSP by calling LSP at 320-269-2105.

Tom Taylor

Land Stewardship Project

Montevideo, Minn.

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