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Community partners can make the difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant Program


Fri, May 17th, 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 rain garden? 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 gardens that collect and infiltrate stormwater

•Rain barrels/cistern systems: rain water collection systems for any building with gutters

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

•Stormwater basins or swales: vegetated 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

•Education/outreach: developing programs that engage people in stormwater activities, such as coordinating groups for storm drain stenciling, hosting rain barrel workshops, etc.

Grants funds will be available now through the end of 2015. Grant applications will be accepted at any time with two ranking periods each year. Ranking period deadlines for 2013 are June 10th and August 2nd.

Eligible community partners include municipal communities, non-profit organizations, citizen groups, businesses, school or student groups, faith organizations, and neighborhood or homeowner collaborations.

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/



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Area farmer says baby calves need protection

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Mother Nature was rough on everything this last couple of months with her cold, rainy, and windy weather tantrums topped off by a heavy, wet May snow. Many beef cow-calf operations have suffered unusually heavy calf losses driven ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VII

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The seventh joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 455 students registe ..... 
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Names and Bling for the Owlets

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

By Karla Bloem Houston, Minn. -- The three owlets hatched in March as part of the International Owl Center’s Great Horned Owl breeding project now have names as well as bands. As a condition of the state and federal permits required for the pro ..... 
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Beef Brings $Billions

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

From Minnesota Department of Agriculture We’ve all heard the catchy slogan “Beef, it’s what’s for dinner! Well, May is Beef Month in Minnesota and if you’d ask “Where’s the Beef?” we’d say it’s right here in our state. In fact, ..... 
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Beef that’s close to home

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jason Sethre In Fillmore County, there are quite a few beef farmers and quite a few beef eaters. Whether steaks, burgers or roasts in a crock pot, local residents like their beef. But, how much of the locally raised beef circulates within Fil ..... 
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Fillmore County is home to MSA Queen

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge Royal titles of queen and princess are not just limited to the monarchies of the world as Fillmore County is considered home for 20 year-old Minnesota Simmental Association Queen Katie Ristau. But not everyone can be queen, as ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator Used motor oil and used oil filters should be recycled. Recycling them will not only help save resources and energy, but will also protect the environment. I might also add that it is illegal ..... 
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, May 3rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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