Growing with the NWTF Conservation Seed Program
The NWTF Conservation Seed Program helps seed companies distribute outdated seed that can be used for conservation purposes. Since 1997, more than 34 million pounds of corn, soybeans, milo and wheat have been planted for wildlife through the program.
Seed Subsidy vs. Conservation Seed
The NWTF Seed Subsidy program is where state chapters use Super Fund money to reduce the price of seed for its members. It is separate from the Conservation Seed Program, and the subsidy varies from state to state.
Some states use it to subsidize the price on NWTF Turkey Gold Chufa or other NWTF seed mixes, Cissy Penner said. This year, the NWTF is offering subsidized tree supplies such as seedlings, tree protectors and stakes.
Contact your local NWTF chapter or regional biologist about the Seed Subsidy program for more information.
The seed companies dispose of surplus, treated seed they can no longer sell by donating it to the NWTF, who then provides the seed to members to further their wildlife conservation and land management goals. This seed is available for the cost of shipping and handling.
Conservation seed is a major benefit of membership. It saves thousands of dollars in seed costs and helps wildlife, said Cissy Penner, NWTF national seed coordinator. In 2012, our members requested nearly 69,000 bags of Roundup Ready corn, wheat, milo and soybeans. It is also a great way for local chapters to attract new members.
Seed can only be distributed to NWTF chapters in large quantities such as half or full semi truck loads and not to individuals. Click here and find your local chapter contact for more information.
Just the FAQs
Things you need to know when ordering seed:
Conservation seed must be planted for wildlife. It cannot be planted for harvest. Persons receiving seed must sign an agreement to this effect.
The seed is treated and cannot be fed to wildlife or livestock.
Only grain seeds are generally available. Corn, milo, soybeans and wheat make up the majority of available seeds, though other seeds may be available from time to time.
Local and state chapters should work with their regional director to determine how they want to use this program. Visit the In Your State section of the NWTF website to find contact information for the regional director in your area.
The sooner the orders are received, the better. Quantities may be limited on some seeds. Availability of seed varies from year to year, as does distribution location. Chapters with warehouse space available can take advantage of seeds that are available only for a limited time.
Total cost is usually $6 to $25 per 50-pound bag. State Wild Turkey Super Fund accounts may pay for these costs with prior approval from the state chapter. Contact your state chapter president to check your states program criteria.
Be sure to have storage space available at the delivery site. Do not have delivery and pick up scheduled for the same day. (Experience has shown that does not work well.)