The November meeting of the Bennett County Progressive Ranchers will be held on Wednesday, November 20, at 6:30 p.m. at the Vetal Fire Hall. The featured speaker will be Anna Kopp, Private Lands Habitat Biologist for the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks.
Anna works with western region landowners to develop and fund projects that enhance wildlife habitat and benefit landowner’s needs. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She has lived and worked in several regions of the western U.S. and comes from a background of ranching and outdoor recreation. After five years of working in an arid terrain for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, she gained extensive experience creating and restoring habitat that served both wildlife and livestock.
Anna will be sharing with the group an overview of the cost-share project opportunities available to producers through SDGFP. This includes opportunities to share costs in replacing woven wire fencing with new wildlife friendly fencing, planting cropland back to the native range grasses, developing water access in order to promote better grass management to name a few.
Kari O’Neill will also be sharing information about two grant programs that can be used by producers to initiate new ideas for their businesses. The Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant timeline is now open, as well as the USDA Value-Added Producer grant.
This event is sponsored by SDSU Extension and Badlands RC&D and is open to the public. Please plan to attend and learn about these new programs.