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Stearns SWCD is taking Tree Orders for Spring Delivery!


The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District tree program was developed to provide landowners with an affordable and convenient way to purchase trees and shrubs for conservation practices, such as windbreaks, shelterbelts, living snowfences and wildlife habitat. 

The tree program is on a first come, first serve basis. Payment in full is due with your order (cash or check only).  You will be notified by post card when the trees can be picked up in Albany (usually end of April or beginning of May).

Trees are sold in bundles of 25 with a minimum order of 2 bundles (50 trees). CHECK AVAILBILITY HERE: click here for more info.

The MN DNR is also currently accepting tree orders (min purchase is 500 trees). more info.


SWCD Supervisor Election


This year, the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District has 3 Supervisorpositions up for election. SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 8, 2016. Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nomination districts up for election.

The nominating districts and candidates running for election this year include:

Arlyn Lawrenz, representing Albany, Avon, Brockway, Holding, Krain,
LeSauk, and St. Wendel Townships

David Weller, representing Crow Lake, Crow River, Lake George, Lake
Henry, North Fork, St. Martin, Spring Hill and Zion Townships

David Brinkman, representing Collegeville, Eden Lake, Farming, Luxemburg, Munson, Paynesville, Wakefield Townships

More info available here: http://www.stearnscountyswcd.net/pages/SWCDBoardSupervisors/

Fitting Cover Crops into Your Rotation


Cover crops are an excellent way to build organic matter, protect soil from erosion, fight weeds, capture nutrients, and even provide supplemental forage; they help mimic a natural system where there is cover year round when interseeded into or planted after cash crops. When planting cover crops you can look at your specific goals and consider legumes for a nitrogen source, nutrient recovery and increased infiltration with deep rooted brassicas (i.e. turnips and radishes), or try a mixture that will cover multiple resource concerns.  One helpful tool is the Cover Crop Decision Tool offered by the Midwest Cover Crops Council http://www.mccc.msu.edu/index.htm.

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Comments Invited on Buffer Law; Check the Map


The Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources (DNR) is inviting corrections and comments to the preliminary buffer maps now available at the agencys website. The site includes a link to the preliminary buffer maps and other information about implementation of the law. By scrolling to the bottom of the page, viewers are directed to suggest corrections to the preliminary buffer maps to their local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office. To submit a comment to the DNR about how the buffer map is being created, send an email to buffermapping.dnr@state.mn.us. According to the DNR website, these comments, which are public information, will be collected and reviewed but in most cases will not receive an individual reply.

Those who know the land best are in the best position to check the accuracy of the buffer maps. Reports from landowners have included finding errors in the maps. In order to get these errors corrected, landowners must contact their local SWCD office





Conservation Buffers


Conservation buffers are strips of vegetation placed in the landscape to influence ecological processes and provide a variety of goods and services to us. They are called by many names, including wildlife corridors, greenways, windbreaks, and filter strips to name just a few.

Benefits that conservation buffers provide to us include protecting soil resources, improving air and water quality, enhancing fish and wildlife habitat, and beautifying the landscape. In addition, buffers offer landowners an array of economic opportunities including protection and enhancement of existing enterprises.

find out more here



Stearns County SWCD Supervisors Leading the Way on Agricultural Water Quality


The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Board of Supervisors are leading by example on the vital issue of agricultural water quality stewardship.

The four farming supervisors on the board—Dave Brinkman, Tom Gregory, Chuck Uphoff and Dave Weller—have all earned certification under the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP). Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program certifies farmers and landowners for protecting water quality through a comprehensive whole-farm assessment that puts farmers together with local professionals to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found.

Read More Here



Innovative Buffer Program Benefits Farmers and Surface Water


The Sauk River Watershed District (SRWD) is taking applications for a unique program that offers farmers a cost effective means to make buffers part of their operation. The SRWD "Hayed Buffer Program" was introduced in 2015 as an economical alternative for farmers that would like to leave a buffer along their ditches or streams but retain the freedom to harvest the hay crop.

More info here





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SWCD Press Releases

Current Releases:

- SWCD Conservation Tour 2016
- Innovative Buffer Program Benefits
- Sustainable Agricultural Cover Crops Demonstration
Buffer Legislation Update
MAWQCP Third Street Brewery OPen House
Women Caring for the Land Session
Stearns Students to Complete at State Envirothon
SWCD Partners with Third Street Bewhouse
Climate Adaptation Award



Past Press Releases Click here...


Other News Click here...

greenstarfarms.org - How Does Your Stewardship Rate?

No-Till University

FREE posters available!
Click here

The On-Farm Network® is here.

The Stearns County SWCD is partnering with the On-Farm Network® to assist farmers in implementing stalk nitrate evaluations to help them fine tune Nitrogen management in corn production.  Click here for more information.

Learn about Pheasants Forever.

Check out the video at the bottom of the Pheasants Forever page. Click here...

Want to learn about the soil on your property?

Check out the Web Soil Survey Click here...

Department of Natural Resources is taking tree orders (minimum order 500 trees). Click here for more information.

Mississippi River Basin Initiative Program

The Stearns SWCD and partners have been awarded over $4 million for projects that will protect and restore the waters of the Sauk River. Working with many partners, the SWCD will provide assistance to producers to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus while supporting agricultural productively and wildlife habitat. Learn more...





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All information within this site, though, is subject to change and should only serve as a guideline for the District's services and procedures.
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