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Last sign-up for MRBI Funding


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist

With the last year of Mississippi River Basin Initiative funding available to landowners and producers, now is the time to take advantage of high priority funding for conservation practices. Rush-Pine Creek, Watson Creek, and Upper South Fork Root River/Wisel Creek watersheds are the watersheds selected for MRBI funding under EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The funding can be used for many conservation practices such as: terraces, waterways, sediment basins, streambank stabilization, cover crops, no-till implementation, ag waste storage, prescribed grazing plans, and nutrient management plans. These practices will help prevent nutrients and sediment from running off your fields which means lost profits for you and water quality problems downstream. The financial assistance rates are rewarding for implementing conservation practices on your land. As this is the last year, now is the time to look at implementing the conservation practices you have been thinking about doing.

There are 4 sign-up periods for MRBI Funding

Period 1 – January 18th

Period 2 – February 15th

Period 3 – March 15th

Period 4 – April 19th

In order to get funding for a conservation practice using the MRBI funding, we will need to have an application on file in the office prior to any of these dates to be considered for funding. Stop in the Fillmore SWCD & NRCS office for more information on how you can use this MRBI funding to help protect your farm’s soils and nutrients. Refer to the map below to see if your land is located in one of these watersheds.



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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? Wo ..... 
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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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