Stearns SWCD Adopts Local Water Management Plan

On 11/18/2014 the Stearns County SWCD Board of Supervisors moved to adopt the Stearns County Comprehensive Local Water Management Plan (CLWMP) as the Comprehensive Plan of the Stearns County SWCD.

2015 Stearns County Shoreland Training

The Stearns County Environmental Services and the Stearns County SWCD will be sponsoring a workshop for Shoreland Contractors & Excavators, Developers, Shoreland Property Owners, Local Government Officials & other interested parties on Thursday January 29.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If you plan on excavating, landscaping, grading or hauling fill within the Shoreland Areas of Stearns County, you are required to attend this training once every 2 years. Additionally, you must also obtain a license and $10,000 bond. Attendees who complete the training and submit a license and bond will be listed on the Stearns County Contractors List.

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District Receives the 2014 Climate Adaptation Award

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has been recognized and celebrated as a leader in education, research, and practice development in advanced, and implemented climate adaptation strategies in Minnesota. Read the entire Story

Stearns SWCD will be 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.  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.

2015 Commercial Animal Waste Technician Recertification Workshop

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Sauk Centre, MN
Registration begins at 9:30
Last session ends at 2:15

This workshop is being sponsored by the Minnesota Association of County Feedlot Officers and the Stearns County SWCD. There will be sessions on Manure Spreading without Causing a Stink, Biosecurity, Nutrient Cycling and other topics. See agenda for full list as well as presentors.

click here for the session agenda.

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Local NRCS Employee Highlighted

Stearns County USDA/NRCS employee Sangeetha Gummadi is featured in the August/September Central Minnesota Women Magazine. 

Sangeetha talks about growing up in Minnesota and her career as a soil conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture. 

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.

UPDATED: SWCD Fax Number Changed

Effective immediately the Stearns County SWCD Fax number has been changed. 

The new number is 855-205-6907.

Local Area Chosen as Pilot for Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program

The Middle Sauk River in Stearns County was recently selected to be one of 4 pilot areas for the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program. This voluntary effort is the results of local-state-federal partnerships and looks to accelerate water quality improvements while recognizing the efforts of our local producers. The photo shows Stearns County SWCD Board member Chuck Uphoff with Governor Mark Dayton and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack (seated) at the pilot area announcement event.

For more information on this new program please contact the Stearns SWCD office at 320-251-7800 Ext. 3 or you can read more on the Mn Department of Agriculture website here.

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.


Do you know the story of Soil?
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SWCD Press Releases

Current Releases:

Climate Adaptation Award
2014 Fall Cover Crop Field Day
2014 Cover Crops Field Day
2014 MN Envirothon
- 2013 MASWCD Media Award - Paula Mohr
On Farm Energy Savings Surprising Quick Return
Stearns SWCD Partners with Conservation Corps MN
- Cover Crop Field Day 2013
- MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
- MRBI Targeted Funding Success Story
- Conservation Help Available to Improve Soil, Profitability

Past Press Releases Click here...

Other News Click here...

greenstarfarms.org - How Does Your Stewardship Rate?

No-Till University

FREE posters available!
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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...

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