Livestock Investment Grants Available
Applications are now being accepted for livestock investment grants in Minnesota. The deadline is Dec. 18, so there still will be a chance to apply after the crops are up if you don't have the time to do it now.
The grants are available to Minnesota livestock farmers for expenses incurred between Aug. 1, 2015 and June 30, 2017. Producers can be reimbursed 10 percent of the first $500,000 of investment in their operation, with a minimum $4,000 investment. This applies to expenses related to the purchase, construction or improvement of livestock buildings or facilities, the purchase of fencing, as well as feeding or waste management equipment. You also may apply if you suffered a loss due to natural disasters or unintended consequences.
You can click here for more details about the grants, including an FAQ section and application forms.
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.
MDA Township Testing Program
Nitrates are a serious concern today in ground water supplies. The MDA is currently working though a sampling program across many counties in Minnesota designated as having a higher potential for groundwater contamination. Stearns County has a number of townships that have been included in this testing.
Find out more about that program here:
Results from some Stearns County townships have been released in the following document:
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.
find out more here
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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...