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Root River 1W1P submitted for state review... Pilot watershed-based plan involving six counties in SE Minnesota nearing completion


Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

June 28, 2016, PRESTON, MN – After nearly two years of work, the Root River One Watershed, One Plan pilot project, which includes all of Fillmore County, is entering the final phase of its planning process.

State officials are conducting a 60-day review for the draft water management plan for the Root River One Watershed, One Plan (1W1P) that involves a planning area covering more than 1.3 million acres in parts of six counties – Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Olmsted and Winona. This includes the entire Root River Watershed; the Minnesota portion of the Upper Iowa River Watershed; and the Mississippi-Reno Watershed in Houston County.

One of Minnesota’s five 1W1P pilot projects, Root River 1W1P has involved planning partners representing a broad range of stakeholders, including local governments, state agencies, community members and organizations.

“We are excited to be finalizing Root River 1W1P and for the opportunities this plan will open up for projects, particularly for Fillmore County,” said Jennifer Ronnenberg, water management coordinator with the Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).

About 90% of Fillmore County drains to the Root River and the remaining 10% drains to the Upper Iowa River.

Root River 1W1P’s local government units include Dodge, Fillmore, Mower, Olmsted, Houston and Winona counties along with their respective SWCDs, with Root River SWCD representing Houston County. Crooked Creek Watershed District in Caledonia is also among them. Fillmore SWCD has led the Root River 1W1P process and hosted meetings in Preston.

Under 1W1P, the goal is to create a plan based on watershed boundaries rather than smaller, political boundaries. This will ensure that the most significant threats to a watershed’s water resources are addressed with practices providing the greatest environmental benefits.

It intends to provide a framework for consistency and cooperation on a watershed basis, allowing local governments to work together to implement projects with the highest return on investment for improving issues related to water quality and water quantity. Root River 1W1P also has a draft agreement under review that details how the watershed’s partners will implement the plan and work cooperatively. The plan will not add a new layer of government.

The Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources (BWSR) has led th .....
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Metz Cheese Curds win second at prestigious American Cheese Society competition

Mon, Aug 22nd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

DES MOINES, IA – Metz’s Hart-Land Creamery won second place in the Flavored Cheese Curd category July 27-31, 2016 at the American Cheese Society’s product competition with their Roasted Garlic and Herb Cheese Curds. “This is our first ti ..... 
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One day of buffer meetings planned for 5 counties

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

SWCD, Farm Bureau, state officials to lead informational sessions July 28 in 3 cities AUSTIN, MN, Tuesday, July 19, 2016 – Minnesota’s buffer law will be the focus of a one-day series of informational meetings hosted July 28 by local and stat ..... 
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2016 Preston Historical Society fall Tractor Ride scheduled

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

Calling all tractor enthusiasts!! The 4th annual scenic fall Tractor Ride will be held on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. The round-about ride starts and ends each day from the Fillmore County Fairgrounds in Preston and travels ab ..... 
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SWCD forestry field day July 27 at the Forestville State Park

Mon, Jul 25th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On July 27, 2016, the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a field day to explore timber appraisal and tree farming at Forestville State Park, 21071 County 118, Preston. The event is being held in partnership with MN ..... 
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It just became easier to improve tractor safety

By Michael Cruse

Mon, Jul 18th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Michael Cruse Extension Educator for Fillmore and Houston Counties The Minnesota Department of Agriculture recently started up a rebate program for installing rollover protection structures or ROPS on tractors. A rollover protection structure ..... 
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SMIF awards four grants to SE MN Together projects

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

OWATONNA, MN, June 1, 2016 - Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) awarded $20,000 worth of grants to four different projects that arose out of the SE MN Together regional gatherings. SE MN Together is a collaborative group working to ad ..... 
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SMIF provides $25,000 to launch campaign for new Grow a Farmer Fund to aid local foods efforts

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in All Agriculture

Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) announced the launch of the Grow a Farmer Fund campaign at the May 3 Slow Money Minnesota meeting in St. Paul. This fund is organized in partnership with Slow Money Minnesota and other collaborators th ..... 
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Triplet calves born to Scheevel’s

Mon, Jul 11th, 2016
Posted in Preston Agriculture

On June 8, 2016, the dairy herd of Dave and Kathy Scheevel of Preston had a nice addition. This 5 1/2 year old cow, in her fourth pregnancy, gave birth to triplets. The three were all bulls, with two weighing about 45 pounds each and one weighing 60 ..... 
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