"To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship."

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.


Pipestone County Conservation & Zoning

119 2nd Ave. S.W. Stuite #13

Pipestone, MN 56164


8:00am to 4:30pm  Monday - Friday

Phone: 507-825-6765

Fax: 507-825-6782






Healing the Land with No-Till Farming

The term ‘No-till farming' may be surprising to many; However, its multiple benefits have been proven during last couple of decades. Conventional farming leads to many unfavorable effects. Loss of organic matter; degradation of soil's aggregates; soil compaction; and the disruption of soil's organisms. No-tilling farming avoids most of these effects because the soil is left un-tilled in it's natural form. The first switchover may show some drop in total annual yield, but don't worry, in time the soil will heal and get accustomed to this new method. Most of farmers who switch over to no-till realized significant boost in their income from second crop onwards. If you want to make your farming profession more profitable, try no-till farming that is scientifically proven.
  • Environmental Education
  • Landowner Technical Assistance
  • Wetland Conservation Act
  • Tree Program
  • No-Till Seeding Program
  • Feedlot
  • Septic
  • Recycling & Solid Waste
  • Planning & Zoning
  • Weed Inspecting

Our Programs:

Local Producers Planting Cover Crops This Season

Cover crops are grasses, legumes or forbs planted to provide seasonal soil cover on cropland when the soil would otherwise be bare, before the crop emerges in spring or after fall harvest. Using cover crops in Minnesota can be difficult because of the small window of opportunity to establish them. Minnesota farmers have nonetheless found creative ways to utilize cover crops, such as: After harvesting corn silage in the first week of September. Environmental benefits include: Reducing wind and water erosion, Improving water and soil quality, and Reducing runoff. Practical benefits include: Providing supplemental forage for grazing livestock, Storing significant nitrogen for use by the next crop and enhances overall soil fertility; deep-rooting cover crops also loosen and aerate compacted soil Helps soil retain moisture for use by primary crops.

A New Generation of Farming

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 learing 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 Corey Van Stelten and his Family were chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the year Award.  Corey 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.