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Natural Resources University


Natural Resources University is a podcast network focused on delivering science-based information for natural resource management.

Funding for this project comes from the Renewable Resources Extension Act.


Mar 23, 2021

Through large expanses of the U.S., wildlife live alongside, or are strongly influenced by, the footprint of crop production practices; what Leopold was referencing when he spoke of ‘the plow.’ In this episode, Adam talks to Ryan Heiniger from Pheasants Forever about the challenges and opportunities for wildlife habitat conservation with ‘the plow’ and how a more precision imagining of its utility and place can be good for the farmer AND wildlife. Ryan is the Director of Agriculture and Conservation Innovations for Pheasants Forever, a farmer himself, and nuts about wildlife and wildlife conservation. From food plots to autonomous tractors, this conversation covers it all!

More about Ryan:

Pheasants Forever: The Habitat Organization:

Pheasants Forever’s Precision Agriculture program:

Link to the Iowa Geographic Map server with historical aerial images of farms back to the 1930s:

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