Row Crop Farming

 

 NOTICE

 CRAB ORCHARD NWR ROW CROP

  BID SOLICITATIONS for 2020-2022

Are you interested in row crop farming on Crab Orchard NWR?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking bids for seven row crop units within the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. The row crop units range in size from 525 to 588 acres (depending on the unit awarded) of farm land on the refuge to produce row crops for up to three years.  

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center Auditorium; attendance is not required to place a bid. The pre-bid meeting will be an open forum to answer questions from potential bidders. Printed copies of the application packages can be picked up at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center desk during open hours. Site visits will be allowed with registration and by checking out a gate key at the Refuge Visitor Center. Registration and site visits must be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019. There is no limit to the number of site visits that can be made, however, keys must be returned each day to the Visitor Center by 4:00 p.m.

Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019.

 

Submit applications by mail or in person to the Refuge Visitor Center in a sealed envelope marked Attention: Dan Wood, Row Crop Bid, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge, 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959. 

More information can be found on the Crab Orchard NWR website or by calling 618-998-5917 between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m Monday through Friday.  We can also be reached by email at daniel_wood@fws.gov.

 

Website: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/crab_orchard/
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News Release                                               

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

 

8588 Route 148, Marion, IL  62959

618/997-3344 Fax:  618/997-8961

 

Contact: Dan Wood at (618) 997-5917

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Accepting Bids for Row Crop Farming Opportunities at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking up to seven row crop cooperators for Cooperative Agriculture Agreements at Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge. Row crop units vary in size from 525 acres to 588 acres. The cooperators will be expected to follow a wide range of special conditions and constraints. The selected Permittees will farm lands on the refuge for a period of 3 years (2020-2022) as a cooperator. Cooperative Agriculture is used at Crab Orchard NWR to achieve waterfowl, grassland bird, pollinator, and resident wildlife management objectives. Objectives are met by providing habitat and supplementing natural food resources across the Refuge.

 

To submit a proposal, applicants must complete a Bid Sheet and FWS Form 3-1383-C (Attachments 5 & 6 in Application Package). Applicants must address in their application how the applicant will meet the requirements outlined in the announcement. Bid applications are to be submitted to the Refuge Visitor Center in a sealed envelope marked Crab Orchard NWR, Attention: Dan Wood, Row Crop Bid, 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959. Bids, whether delivered in person or mailed, must be received by 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019.  Printed copies of the application package can be picked up at the Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center desk during open hours or an electronic copy can be requested by emailing daniel_wood@fws.gov. Applications delivered in person must be delivered to the Visitor Center only and will not be accepted at other Refuge locations.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Refuge Visitor Center Auditorium; attendance is not required to place a bid. The pre-bid meeting will be an open forum to answer questions from potential bidders. Site visits will be allowed with registration and by checking out a gate key at the Refuge Visitor Center. Registration and site visits must be conducted between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 through Friday, August 9, 2019. There is no limit to the number of site visits that can be made, however, keys must be returned each day to the Visitor Center by 4:00 p.m. The Visitor Center is located at 8588 Route 148, Marion, IL 62959.

For additional information, contact Wildlife Biologist, Dan Wood at 618-998-5917, or by email at daniel_wood@fws.gov.

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