"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
HOURS OF OPERATION
8:00am to 4:30pm Monday - Friday
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture′s (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications to help farmers improve water and air quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and forest lands, conserve energy, enhance organic operations, and achieve other environmental benefits. Farmers that are interested in Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) need to apply by August 19, 2016.
Become a Certified Farm!
This program certifies farmers for managing the land within their operation in a way that protects water quality. Local conservation professionals assist farmers through the certification process. Begin by contacting us, your local Soil and Water Conservation District. A Program Application will need to be completed to begin the process but certification of compliance with existing laws and rules will not need to be complete until the Certification Agreement is signed. Danielle Evers, our Certifying Agent, will work with you to complete the assessment process.
The first step of this process is the Assessment Tool. To prepare for this it will be helpful to gather some information about the management of your operation. A Farm Producer Data Report and maps of all the tracts in your farm operation may be obtained at your FSA office. Other information helpful for the assessment includes soil test reports, nutrient application information, manure tests and application records as well as pesticide records. This Data Collection Guide can be useful in knowing what the assessment will cover. The Certifier will also need to conduct a field review of your farm to look for erosion or other potential impacts to water quality. Remedies to any issues found will need to be included in the certification agreement. When your whole farm operation meets program standards it will be eligible to become a Water Quality Certified Farm.
View the online assessment tool.
July 12th, 2016 the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released the official Minnesota Buffer Map. The Map contains water courses that are designated as public waters and ditches. Private landowners that own land with areas that are highlighted on the map will be contacted by the Pipestone SWCD office and assistance will be provided to ensure that all the landowners within the County become compliant with the new Buffer Law.
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 Joel Talsma was chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the year Award. Joel is always ahead of the Farming trends and is very involved with Cover Crops and No-till Farming.
We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers / Landowners and Area Engineers.