"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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Stephanie LaBrune the Administrative Assistant for Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District is among a group of 23 conservation leaders from across Minnesota who visited Washington, D.C. February 11-15 as part of a leadership development program sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD). Program participants include locally elected SWCD supervisors, staff, and representatives from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources. While in Washington, the group met with Minnesota and federal lawmakers, including the United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Conservation Service. The Washington D.C. seminar is one of seven sessions that are part of MASWCD’s Leadership Program led by the University of Minnesota Extension. The year-long program is designed to strengthen the leadership skills and capacity of local natural resource agencies to better serve the public and address the complex natural resource conservation issues found in communities throughout Minnesota.
“The MASWCD is proud to sponsor a training program that provides leadership development for our members,” said MASWCD Executive Director LeAnn Buck. “Conservation Districts and our partners work every day with local, state and federal conservation programs and this experience highlights the collaborative process needed to advance public policy at all levels.”
MASWCD is a nonprofit organization which provides leadership and a common voice for Minnesota’s 89 soil and water conservation districts; maintains relationships with rulemaking agencies, partners and legislators; and provides educational opportunities for districts so they may carry out effective conservation programs.
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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. If you are interested in CREP or would like more information, please contact Nicole from our office at 507-825-1185.
Local Conservation Leader Visits Washington, D.C. on Leadership Program
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 Richard and Roger Kas were chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the year Award. The Kas Brothers have implemented a number of conservation practices on their land and have also been involved with Wind and Solar in Pipestone County
We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers / Landowners and Area Engineers.