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PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2019 


Joe Biden tells supporters he intends to run in the 2020 election for president. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: a landmark bill in California would ban toxic chemicals in cosmetics; and, groups sue to end disease-spreading elk feeding.

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Livestock Farmers to the Rescue – For Iowa Wildlife

September 11, 2007

Des Moines IA – A new wildlife preservation project promises to reverse the decline in pheasant and quail populations by relying on Iowa's livestock farmers. State pheasant and quail numbers are down six percent, according to the latest survey by the Department of Natural Resources. Union County livestock producer Ron Dunphy says he was so disturbed by the decline in bird populations, he initiated a project this summer to treat his 450 acres of grazing land as wildlife habitat.

"I've planted some native grasses that are necessary to sustain an insect population for small birds to feast on when they're born."

Dunphy says the pasture habitat gives young birds a good foothold on which to begin life, but doesn't interfere with livestock grazing.

"It fits well with rotational grazing, because I can vary the amount of forbs that are reduced in the pasture, which would benefit the wildlife."

As part of the Practical Farmers of Iowa Field Day (September 15), farmers and ranchers will learn techniques for using their land as a wildlife habitat to help turn around declining bird populations.


Dick Layman/Eric Mack, Public News Service - IA