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AGFC aims to sustain conservation with new Corporate Partnerships Program

March 17, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

Special to The Banner News

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) announced today a new corporate partnership program designed for Arkansas companies to support long-term conservation efforts in the state. Inaugural partners include Greenway Equipment and Fiocchi Ammunition as companies dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of Arkansas's wildlife and natural resources.

"Arkansas is blessed with not only fantastic natural resources, but we also are home to some of the most conservation-minded people and businesses in the country," AGFC Director Austin Booth said. "Conservation is in the fabric of what makes us Arkansans, and this initiative will enable the many businesses who recognize that importance to contribute to the valuable work of conserving our natural resources for the next generation of Arkansans."

The new program offers companies opportunities to partner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and its Foundation in their shared interest in the preservation and protection of Arkansas. Proceeds from each partnership will support the Commission's targeted initiatives around habitat restoration, wildlife management, and educational programs, enabling expanded efforts and engaging more Arkansans in outdoor recreational activities.

"Greenway is proud to partner with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission as a Premier AGFC Conservation and Cultivation Sponsor. This partnership not only aligns with our company's commitment to give back to the communities in which we operate, but also allows us to support the AGFC by providing the products and services necessary to promote and protect our state's many valuable natural resources," said Bill Midkiff, president of Greenway Equipment. "Through our sponsorship of private land programs such as DMAP and WRice, we hope to increase awareness and adoption of sustainable management practices which enhance wildlife habitats and provide support to all landowners during each step of the process."

"Fiocchi is honored to invest in both conservation and sustainable economic growth throughout Arkansas. Our partnership with the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation will allow us to broaden our commitment to our employees and other Arkansans," said Tim Caldwell, vice president and general manager for Fiocchi of America. "It also compliments our corporate values as we build the first lead-free primer facility in America, right here in Arkansas. We are proud to help sponsor the Arkansas Game & Fish Commision's Mayflower Shooting Range and support the local law enforcement entities as well as the growing interest in adult and youth shooting sports.

Corporate partners will have the opportunity to collaborate with AGFC on projects that align with their values and goals. Partnerships can take many forms, including sponsorships, cause-marketing campaigns, and employee engagement initiatives.

The AGFF engaged Arkansan Alan Turner of Turner Sponsorship Consultants for his 20+ years of experience in partnership marketing to help build the program and identify companies with operations in Arkansas that share the same passion for the outdoors and preserving it. To learn more, contact Jibbie Tyler, senior director of corporate partnerships for the Arkansas Game and Fish Foundation.


About the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission plays an important role in keeping The Natural State true to its name. For more than 100 years, the agency has overseen the protection, conservation and preservation of various species of fish and wildlife in Arkansas. This is accomplished through habitat management, fish stocking, hunting and fishing regulations, and a host of other programs conducive to helping Arkansas's wildlife flourish.

The AGFC is more than just managing the state's wildlife and fisheries. An essential part of ensuring a healthy wildlife population involves people. Through agency programs geared toward the public, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission works with the human element to generate awareness of ethical and sound management principles. Whether it be educational programs, fishing and hunting regulations, or environmental awareness, the agency understands that working with the people of Arkansas is just as important a factor in managing wildlife as any other aspect of conservation.

About Greenway Equipment

Greenway Equipment is committed to being your trusted John Deere equipment dealer and make it our mission to support your operation, no matter the need. Since 1988, Greenway Equipment has provided our customers with innovative product and service offerings for residential, commercial, and agricultural operations, expert advice, and a passion for exceptional customer service. With 32 locations across Arkansas and Southeast Missouri and a variety of equipment types, Greenway always has you covered.

About Fiocchi:

Since 1983, Fiocchi of America has been based in Ozark, Missouri. As a stand-alone US-based arm of the greater Fiocchi global brand, Fiocchi of America continues to integrate and launch new products directed towards the US market. In 2020, Fiocchi furthered its expansion of products in the hunting, conceal carry, self-defense, and law enforcement market channels. Fiocchi offers a full portfolio of target and hunting shotshells, centerfire rifle and pistol ammunition, match and standard grade rimfire .22LR, specialty and classic cartridges, reloading components and blanks.

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