The Stearns County SWCD's partners along with Federal Agencies USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to work with producers and land owners to help identify and assist with solving agricultural resource concerns. We may be able to assist with planning and funding in a number of different areas. Check out the additional items below to see if any of our programs or services are of interest to you.
As always, our staff is available from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm to answer any questions you may have. We can be reached at 320-251-7800 Extension 3.
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP):
Is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency. In exchange for a yearly rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length. The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.
Programs We Can Assist With:
Conservation Marketplace Midwest
Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)
Cooperative Weed Management Grant
Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)
Hayed Buffer Program - Sauk River Watershed District
MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)