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Riparian Buffer easement dollars now available through RIM program


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist

Do you have Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres soon expiring? Do you want to improve the water quality on your farm and provide better habitat for the wildlife?

Money is now available for riparian buffer easements through the Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement program. The easements are permanent with the State of Minnesota and administered by the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) and implemented by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD).

The program targets creating native buffers on riparian land adjacent to public waters. The buffers will prevent sediment from entering streams and rivers which will enhance fish and wildlife habitat along with protecting our groundwater and wetlands. Buffer widths must be a minimum of 50 feet and can be up to 350 feet wide in frequently or occasionally flooded areas. The easements can be applied to current CRP contracts resulting in multiple payments. Payments are based on the Assessors Average Township Values (AATV) for cropland.

If you are interested in the riparian buffer program or have any questions, contact Rick Grooters at 507-765-3878 ext 3 or stop in the SWCD office.



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Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) 2013

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Do you have resource concerns on your farm? Are there things you’d like to change or do differently next year? Not a problem, sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. With EQIP, you sign up, develop a plan that addresses your far ..... 
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Feedlot/Nutrient update meetings

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Livestock manure and commercial fertilizers are important assets for livestock and crop farmers in Southeast Minnesota. When properly applied both manure and commercial fertilizers provide essential nutrients which enhance crop yields and profits. ..... 
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Harvest more sunshine year round: plant cover crops for healthier soils

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Cover crops are grasses, legumes, forbs, or other plants established to control soil erosion, build organic matter, capture nutrients and carbon, reduce compaction, break weed and disease cycles, and provide supplemen ..... 
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It’s easy to be a Citizen Stream Monitoring volunteer

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Have you ever wanted to play a role in understanding the condition of our local streams? The Minnesota Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP) is ideal for someone who has an extra 15-30 minutes each week to monitor a local stream between the mont ..... 
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2012 North American Manure Expo and Dane County Digester Tour

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Dawn Bernau and Katie Richards, Nutrient Management Specialists – SE MN Area 7 On August 21st the SE MN Nutrient Management Specialists Dawn Bernau and Katie Richards toured the Dane County Community Anaerobic Digester as part of the 2012 North ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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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