Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) Signup 2016
The Natural Resources Conservation Service′s Conservation Stewardship Program will provide about $150 million in funding for up to 10 mllion acres for consevation.
Although applications are accepted all year, farmers, ranchers and forestland owners interested in CSP should submit applications by Thursday, March 31st to their local NRCS office to ensure they are considered for this year′s funding.
The voluntary program allows producers to go the extra mile in conserving natural resources while also maintaining or increasing the productivity of their operations.
Stearns County currently has over 44,000 acres enrolled in CSP, bringing in over $4 million to local farmers and forest landowners. CSP is a way of providing an incentive for farmers, ranchers, and private forest managers who maintain a high level of conservation on their land and agree to adopt higher levels of stewardship. By focusing on multiple resource concerns, landowners are able to achieve a sustainable landscape and maintain or increase the productivity of their operation.
Contact the Stearns County Conservation office for more information (320-251-7800 Ext. 3) or read more here.
Stearns County SWCD Supervisors Leading the Way on Agricultural Water Quality
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors are leading by example on the vital issue of agricultural water quality stewardship.
The four farming supervisors on the board—Dave Brinkman, Tom Gregory, Chuck Uphoff and Dave Weller—have all earned certification under the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program certifies farmers and landowners for protecting water quality through a comprehensive whole-farm assessment that puts farmers together with local professionals to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found.
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Stearns SWCD is taking Tree Orders for Spring Delivery!
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District tree program was developed to provide landowners with an affordable and convenient way to purchase trees and shrubs for conservation practices, such as windbreaks, shelterbelts, living snowfences and wildlife habitat.
The tree program is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment in full is due with your order (cash or check only). You will be notified by post card when the trees can be picked up in Albany (usually end of April or beginning of May).
Trees are sold in bundles of 25 with a minimum order of 2 bundles (50 trees). CHECK AVAILBILITY HERE: click here for more info.
The MN DNR is also currently accepting tree orders (min purchase is 500 trees). more info.
Conservation buffers are strips of vegetation placed in the landscape to influence ecological processes and provide a variety of goods and services to us. They are called by many names, including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips to name just a few.
Benefits that conservation buffers provide to us include protecting soil resources, improving air and water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, and beautifying the landscape. In addition, buffers offer landowners an array of economic opportunities including protection and enhancement of existing enterprises.
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The Lake Koronis Project
The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received a Clean Water Partnership Grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to work with the public in an effort to protect and/or improve the water quality of Lake Koronis. Click here for more information.
Fitting Cover Crops into Your Rotation
Cover crops are an excellent way to build organic matter, protect soil from erosion, fight weeds, capture nutrients, and even provide supplemental forage; they help mimic a natural system where there is cover year round when interseeded into or planted after cash crops. When planting cover crops you can look at your specific goals and consider legumes for a nitrogen source, nutrient recovery and increased infiltration with deep rooted brassicas (i.e. turnips and radishes), or try a mixture that will cover multiple resource concerns. One helpful tool is the Cover Crop Decision Tool offered by the Midwest Cover Crops Council http://www.mccc.msu.edu/index.htm.
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SWCD Press Releases
- Sustainable Agricultural Cover Crops Demonstration
- Buffer Legislation Update
- MAWQCP Third Street Brewery OPen House
- Women Caring for the Land Session
- Stearns Students to Complete at State Envirothon
- SWCD Partners with Third Street Bewhouse
- Climate Adaptation Award
Past Press Releases Click here...
Other News Click here...
greenstarfarms.org - How Does Your Stewardship Rate?
FREE posters available!
The On-Farm Network® is here.
The Stearns County SWCD is partnering with the On-Farm Network® to assist farmers in implementing stalk nitrate evaluations to help them fine tune Nitrogen management in corn production. Click here for more information.
Learn about Pheasants Forever.
Check out the video at the bottom of the Pheasants Forever page. Click here...
Want to learn about the soil on your property?
Check out the Web Soil Survey Click here...
Department of Natural Resources is taking tree orders (minimum order 500 trees). Click here for more information.
Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program
The Stearns SWCD and partners have been awarded over $4 million for projects that will protect and restore the waters of the Sauk River. Working with many partners, the SWCD will provide assistance to producers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus while supporting agricultural productively and wildlife habitat. Learn more...