"To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship."
Pipestone County Conservation & Zoning
119 2nd Ave. S.W. Suite #13
Pipestone, MN 56164
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8:00am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday
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Why Is CREP Important?
CREP is comprised of many agreements nationwide, each targeted at a high-priority conservation issue identified at the local, state, or regional level. The voluntary participation of farmers, ranchers, and landowners in CREP programs allows critical conservation issues to be addressed while at the same time meeting regulatory requirements. With the federal and state resources made available through this program, CREP enables local leadership to find solutions to these high-priority issues.
Why Should I Enroll?
In addition to contributing to improvement of the environment in multiple ways, those enrolled in CREP receive an annual rental payment for their enrolled acres. FSA also provides cost-sharing and other incentives to help offset the costs associated with putting these practices in place.
How Do I Enroll?
Any land that meets basic CRP eligibility requirements, plus the additional requirements for a specific CREP project, is automatically eligible for enrollment. Most additional CREP land eligibility requirements apply to the location and characteristics of the land to be enrolled. The Pipestone SWCD will assist you to find out if you are eligible and from there the local FSA office will process the contract.
If you would like more information on the CREP program or are interested in signing up, Please contact our office today!
The Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) is an offshoot of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), the country’s largest private-land conservation program. Administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA), CREP targets high-priority conservation issues identified by local, state, or tribal governments or non-governmental organizations. In exchange for removing environmentally sensitive land from production and introducing conservation practices, farmers, ranchers, and agricultural land owners are paid an annual rental rate. Participation is voluntary, and the contract period is typically 10–15 years, along with other federal and state incentives as applicable per each CREP agreement.
The Pipestone Conservation and Zoning Office was created by the merger of the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District and Pipestone County Zoning & Environmental Office. The Conservation & Zoning office is overseen by both the SWCD Board of Supervisors and the County Commissioners and works jointly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and provide technical assistance to producers who are willing to improve their operations and the land by eliminating pollution and runoff concerns.
Lots of Discussion in the State of Minnesota has been revolving around Buffers to improve Water Quality within the State. If you are interested in learning more Contact our office or click on the link below.
Looking for the latest News in Conservation, Check Here. Each year we Distribute Bi-Annual Newsletters to Rural Residents. Every Issue has detailed information on State and Federal Programs as well as information on the Latest Farming Practices.
This year Roger Blom was chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the year Award. Roger stays ahead of the Farming trends and is always searching for a way to improve his farming practices.
We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers / Landowners and Area Engineers.
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