Precision ag technology is used to make a variety of agronomic management decisions on farms. Increasingly, this technology has become critically important in identifying underperforming acres within farming operations. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever support agricultural producers by assisting them in understanding how their farm specific data can serve as a guide to identifying areas where management changes and conservation programs can improve the profitability of low-yielding areas. Changes that are implemented as a result of this analysis are beneficial for wildlife habitat, building soil health, increasing water quality, and improving sustainability.
As stewards of the land and business owners, growers need access to all options, including conservation, when analyzing ROI negative acres. Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever is your resource to explore those options.
Unlimited technical support in analyzing data using your preferred data platform.
Voluntary solutions for marginal acres that make economic and agronomic sense, while also furthering the mission of PF/QF.
A trusted resource in navigating all available land programs. Potential access to exclusive funding opportunities.
Services provided at no cost to producer. All programs are voluntary.
Unlimited technical support in processing and analyzing data using your preferred data platform.
Pheasants Forever’s precision ag vision is to demonstrate through the use of technology and collaboration, farmers will increase their profitability while also providing benefits for soil health, water quality and wildlife habitat.
As with any business, there are always opportunities to increase efficiency and profitability on the farm. Whether you are dealing with low productivity soils, environmentally sensitive areas, or other variables, we can work to find a solution for those acres, while addressing resource allocation efficiency.
Emily Spolyar is based in North Dakota as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. Her background includes a B.A. in Agri Business from The University of Northwestern Ohio and various jobs working in many aspects of agriculture. After graduating college, she started working as a crop consultant in her home state of Michigan. It was here she found her passion for helping growers achieve success on their operations. In her role with Pheasants Forever, Emily aims to help as many growers as she can reach their full potential in terms of sustainability and profitability on their farming operations.
PHONE: (517) 250-2440
Austin is based out of southeast North Dakota as a Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist. He comes from a 4th generation farm near Streeter, North Dakota and holds a Biology degree from Valley City State University. Prior to joining the Pheasants Forever Team he worked 15 years with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. His most recent career path was as a private sector sales agronomist, consultant, and ranch hand. Austin’s passion is land management and making the best use of land to benefit people and wildlife. He’ll provide knowledge, resources and sound profitable conservation solutions to customers in the southeast region of North Dakota.
PHONE: (701) 840-3062
Joey is based out of Minot, ND as the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist covering northwest and north central North Dakota. He is originally from rural east central Missouri and was raised in a family that loves to hunt and fish. He has a degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from the University of Missouri, and previous employment includes time with the Missouri Department of Conservation, and most recently agronomy sales with a large Ag Retailer. Having a background in both conservation and agriculture, Joey is very excited to connect the two, helping growers in the state with the knowledge and resources they need to help them get the most out of every acre.
PHONE: (636) 295-1398
Cristin joined the Pheasants Forever team as the Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist for South Dakota in August 2020. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business from South Dakota State University and is a licensed Crop Insurance Agent. Previously she worked in an independent agricultural business focused on soil health and precision agriculture. Having grown up in Central South Dakota in the heart of pheasant hunting country, she looks forward to helping growers sustain habitat on their farms while maintaining profitability, so the fall traditions continue on for the next generation of hunters.
PHONE: (605) 999-3905
BJ joined the Pheasants Forever team in the fall of 2018 as a Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist. He holds a B.S. degree in Crop & Weed Science and an M.S. degree in Crop Production from NDSU. BJ is also a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Previously, he worked as an Integrated Solutions Manager with a John Deere dealership. BJ is as passionate about his job as he is hunting, fishing, and shooting in his home state of Minnesota.
PHONE: (701) 238-6504
Josh Divan is the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist with Pheasants Forever for Iowa. He has been with the IA PF team since 2009. Josh proudly lives on his family’s Century Farm in Winnebago County and helps his father and brother with their corn and soybean operation. Identifying situations where conservation programs can be incorporated into working farms to deliver financial and environmental benefits is the most rewarding part of his job. Josh also loves to fish hardwater (ice fishing) and to chase pheasants with his two labs, Duke and Mack.
PHONE: (515) 708-2371
Chaz has been involved in both large- and small-scale agronomy and alternative cropping systems for 18 years. He achieved his B.S. in Agriculture Sciences from University of WY and M.S. in Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, AgroEcology from Montana State University. He is from a legacy of multigenerational family farming in NW GA where he currently resides, involving vegetables, cattle, and historically dairy and row crops. He is currently a Certified Crop Advisor through the American Society of Agronomy. His work experience off the farm has been working previously as a Certified Crop Advisor for Agrium , Simplot, and Montana State University’s Sustainable Foods and Bioenergy Systems program.
PHONE: (406) 425-3039
Nathan grew up in rural Nebraska always doing something outdoors from sports to hunting and fishing. He enjoyed working with plants and animals but was never sure how he was going to put those interests to work. After receiving his B.S. Degree in range/wildlife management he had the opportunity to work on a switchgrass research project for the University of Texas at Austin. Nathan is currently finishing a M.S. in agronomy, range, and forage science through the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. His research focused on cover crops/annual forages and implementing them into real world systems throughout Nebraska. The Precision Ag Coordinator position has been a perfect fit since it allows him to work with row crop producers to implement soil health practices that not only help their operations, but the environment and wildlife at the same time.
PHONE: (402) 362-5700
Scott joined the Habitat Organization as a biologist in 2014 and was promoted to Precision Ag and Conservation Specialist in 2020. Raised on a family farm in northern Wisconsin, Stipetich understands the strong connection between agriculture and wildlife. He attended UW – Stevens Point and earned a B.S. in Land Use Planning and minored Soil Science. In this position, Stipetich is able to connect his passion for agriculture and natural resources to make working farms work for wildlife.
PHONE: (715) 209-4846
Ryan leads PF/QF's Agriculture Initiative, including precision ag and conservation solution program. This program develops new private-sector partnerships to improve farmer profitability, sustainability and wildlife habitat along with other key environmental outcomes such as carbon sequestration in restored grasslands. Ryan has a B.S. degree from Iowa State University in Wildlife Biology and has worked for PF/QF since 2013. Ryan and his wife Nikki are raising their son and daughter as the 5th generation on their family farm along the banks of the Mississippi River in southeast Iowa. Ryan has 22 years of experience working with diverse partners to conserve habitats at landscape scales using innovative, voluntary-based programs. His core belief is that agriculture, conservation and our hunting heritages are uniquely linked and our future is also dependent upon working together since society has become urbanized and disconnected from life on the gravel roads of rural America.
PHONE: (319) 768-8348
By Scott Stipetich
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist
As the precision agriculture movement continues to grow in the country, the Precision Ag & Conservation Specialist (PACS) Team remain committed to expanding our role. I’ll quote Bruce Shockman, a North Dakota agricultural producer, as he and I share a similar thought, “The more you use precision ag, the more you realize you need to start treating the land differently in certain areas rather than treating them all the same…it’s an easy sell really; kind of a no-brainer when you look at the numbers objectively.” For a greater understanding of our efforts, I have combined the most frequently asked questions our team gets.
Since 2015, Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever have utilized precision ag to help farmers identify sub-field areas where management change or voluntary conservation programs can improve profitability and support healthy wildlife habitat. Our team has witnessed great farmer interest to implement conservation practices when the data supports their decision.
Our efforts extend beyond the farmer as we have developed working partnerships with leading agriculture companies and conservation organizations with a shared vision like USDA, John Deere, Climate Corporation, Truterra and Granular. With the continued support, we have been able to put boots on the ground in six states and continue to grow our Precision Ag & Conservation team.
Sitting down in the farm office or riding along in the combine, creativity flows and alternative ideas are drafted for consideration: forage, pasture, the addition of small grains, cover crops & seed crops, wetland restoration, CRP, and the list goes on and on. All suggestions depend on that individual farm, how their operation runs, and what their goals are.
Our PACS provide a basic Precision Ag Business Plan to our farmers that includes technical support, solutions, and funding opportunities at no cost. Deferring to those already utilized by the farm, we can work in different software platforms. Additionally, for those who have not yet selected a software, free platforms are available allowing our team the needed tools to deliver a Precision Business Plan. Solutions and funding opportunities are unique and specialized to each farm. Our PACS are well versed in federal conservation programs and local programs that offer incentives for implementing alternative management. One example of a local, exclusive funding opportunity is the Soil Health and Habitat program through a partnership with Purina. Click here to read more about the program.
We get this one all the time! While many states have incentives for those interested in providing this opportunity, and we do present the option, it is completely voluntary to enroll acres for public access.
Our team works under partnerships and contribution agreements that allows us to provide the service at no cost and collect no commission for our work. It is through these partnerships that we act in the best interest of the farmer and the wildlife habitat our mission supports. THERE IS NO CATCH!
There are lots of ways to connect with us with the simplest to visit our Contact tab one this page; then call, email, or tweet the closest PACS to you.
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