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Conservation Seed Program

The NWTF's Conservation Seed Program, started in 1997, helps seed companies unload outdated seed that can be used for conservation purposes. 34 million pounds of corn, soybeans, milo and wheat have been purchased and planted for wildlife through the program

The seed companies dispose of surplus, treated seed they can no longer sell by giving it to the NWTF. The NWTF 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.

Seed can only be distributed to chapters in large quantities such as half or full semi truck loads. Seed cannot be distributed to individuals. Contact your local chapter for more information.

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.

  • This is treated seed and cannot be fed to wildlife or livestock.

  • Only grain seeds are generally available. Corn, milo 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 Web site to find contact information for the regional director in your area.

  • Have your chapter representative call (803) 637-3106 or (800) 843-6983 (option 5 for the Conservation Programs Department, ask for Cissy Penner) for the latest update on seed availability.

  • 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 less than $5.00 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 state's 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 trying to arrange delivery and pick up on the same day does not work well.

To view the full Project HELP catalog or purchase other land management products and tools, visit The Turkey Shoppe.

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