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Community Partners can make a difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant program 2013


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as mini-grants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams.

Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a raingarden? Would you like to see more stormwater friendly public spaces? The Community Partners Conservation Program, through the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), is looking for community partners that want to complete projects that restore, protect or enhance water quality in our rivers and streams.

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to:

•Rain gardens: basin shaped community or homeowner gardens that collect and infiltrate stormwater

•Rain barrels/cistern systems: rain water collection systems for

homes, garages or other buildings with gutters

•Pervious pavements/pavers: specially designed solid surface or block paver systems that increase porosity without losing structural capacity

•Stormwater basins or swales: vegetated and designed practices that safely convey, detain and infiltrate stormwater from larger areas

•Native prairie and tree plantings: using native grasses, flowers and trees to create natural stormwater “sponges” in place of lawn and turf grasses

Grants funds will be available starting March 2013 through the end of 2015. Eligible community partners include municipal communities, non-profit organizations, citizen groups, businesses, student groups, faith organizations, and neighborhood river or homeowner associations.

For more information about the mini-grant application process, check the Fillmore SWCD website at www.fillmoreswcd.org, or contact Jennifer Ronnenberg at 507-765-3878 x3.

To learn more about the Minnesota Clean Water Fund visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr.state.mn.us/cleanwaterfund/

Pasture rental and lease agreements

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota Pasture rental and lease arrangements offer livestock producers the opportunity to affordably start or expand their operations and limit financial risk. With the high price of grains and the growing interest in ..... 
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Want to improve your pastures? Treat them like a crop.

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Grazing Specialists John Zinn, NRCS and Dean Thomas, SWCD Were you dissatisfied with the production of some of your pastures last year, even though you were rotating them and not overgrazing? It could be that your soil is deficient in nutrients. P ..... 
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Revision of the State’s Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

What is the “Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan”? The original NFMP was developed by the Nitrogen Fertilizer Task Force as directed by the 1989 Comprehensive Groundwater Protection Act. The primary goal of the Plan is to prevent degradation ..... 
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Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mea ..... 
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Windbreaks: a long-term investment with environmental benefits

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist In many parts of Fillmore County, the constant force of wind exaggerates weather conditions and makes living in these areas seem unbearable. Cost share is now available to assist landowners in the establishmen ..... 
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June 28 Field Day at Willford Farm near Harmony highlights benefits of no-till

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Bob Joachim, NRCS District Conservationist A No-Till Field Day held at the Arden and Travis Willford farm southeast of Harmony on June 28th was very well attended with over 50 farmers and resource people in attendance. The Fillmore Soil and Water ..... 
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Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outsta ..... 
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Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book!

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the pro ..... 
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