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Pipestone County Conservation & Zoning

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

Pipestone, MN 56164

Tree Program
The SWCD can assist in the planning, design, planting and matting of a field windbreak, farmstead shelter belt, wildlife planting or living snow fence. 

Currently the District offers a $500 / acre incentive for Tree removal. To be eligible you must plant trees to replace the existing trees that were removed.

Funds are also available for the installation of new living snow fences within Pipestone County. Stop by the office or call to learn more.

No Till Drill Program
Producers must sign a rental form prior to utilizing the Drill. Drill rental is available on a first come first serve basis.

Well Sealing Cost-Share
Unused Wells can be dangerous to your Health. If you have an unused well on your property get it Sealed!! 

The SWCD provides 50% cost-share to get your well sealed properly.

The SWCD along with its NRCS partners provides technical assistance for all landowners to: Conduct a site investigation with the landowner/operator;
Work with landowner to determine the best management practices possible for any given situation;
Survey/design the project;
Produce a rough cost-estimate;
Provide landowner with a design plan for submission of bids;
Perform a pre-construction conference with the contractor/landowner;
Supervise construction and,Certify completion of the project
Technical Assistance
State Cost-Share Program

A variety of cost-share programs are available to help landowners pay for installing best management conservation practices. SWCD/NRCS technicians work with landowners to access funding through federal, state and local programs. Producers may receive up to 75% of the total eligible practice cost.

The following is a list of approved Cost-share practices:

  • Critical Area Planting
  • Diversions
  • Grass Waterway
  • Livestock Waste Management
  • Filter Strips
  • Sediment Basins
  • Stream bank, Shore land and Roadside Protection
  • Strip cropping
  • Terraces
Additional Programs
Ag BMP Loan Program

The AgBMP Loan Program is a water quality program that provides low interest loans to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses. The purpose is to encourage agricultural Best Management Practices that prevent or reduce runoff from feedlots, farm fields and other pollution problems identified by the county in local water plans.

The Pipestone SWCD works closely the USDA NRCS to get Conservation Practices put on the ground. Below are some of the Programs the NRCS has to Offer.


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