NOTICE: There has been a change of location for our Monthly Board Meetings. Our Monthly meetings will now be held at the Lake Andrew Town Hall. The date for the Board meeting in March has been changed to March 16, 2021.    

***COVID-19 Update****

YES, We are still open (but please call first)!

As the COVID-19 virus continues to impact our country, the Kandiyohi SWCD is concerned for the public and staff's well-being. Therefore, we are encouraging all communication by phone or email. Our building is currently not allowing any visitors inside, but give us a call or send an email and we will make arrangments to provide services as needed.

We will continue to update if any changes occur, Stay Healthy Everyone!


KANDIYOHI SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT

Our mission is to encourage the wise use of land and water and to treat these resources in accordance with their needs for protection and improvement.

Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) are political subdivisions of the State of Minnesota established to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.

Leadership and governance is provided by boards of five (5) locally elected Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors. The role of the elected supervisor is to develop policy, long range plans and budgets.

SWCD’s emphasize cooperation between federal, state and local resource management agencies and local land managers.

Kandiyohi SWCD was established April 23, 1954. Since then it has been our mission to encourage the wise use of land and water and to treat these resources in accordance with their needs for protection and improvement.

The Kandiyohi SWCD staff assists landowners with a variety of natural resource concerns.  The SWCD is co-located with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). The SWCD and NRCS staffs work cooperatively on Federal Farm Bill Programs.

 
QUICK LINKS

Where can I get my Soil tested?

Where can I get my WATER tested?  (Test Kits Available in our office from RMB Labs)
 
Kandiyohi SWCD Monitoring Plan for Buffer Compliance Tracking

Buffer Complaint Form

2021 Tree Order Form

2021 Seed Brochure

2021 Scholarship Form





 


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Funding will support those in the Farm Business Management Program

Press release announcement from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA)


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is offering a new scholarship for farmers to learn business management strategies that will lead to profitable and competitive farming operations. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) Farm Business Management Scholarship provides tuition money for the Farm Business Management Program.

This program started in 1952 and now serves over 5,000 farm families annually in Minnesota. It is offered at eight Minnesota State colleges throughout the state.

The Farm Business Management Program is a one-on-one, student-led program designed to provide education to farm owners and operators. The program helps students to meet their business and personal goals and focuses on using quality records and sound business decisions with tools and other resources.

“Our goal of offering this scholarship to the Farm Business Management Program is to assure our farmers are on better financial footing through good education,” said MDA Assistant Commissioner Whitney Place. “We already know, thanks to a study by AgCentric and the Agricultural Centers of Excellence, that ag water quality certified farms have a 26% higher net income than non-certified farms, so it will be an added benefit to equip them with the resources of the Farm Business Management Program.”

"Minnesota Farm Business Management faculty are excited to enroll farmers who are water quality certified,” said Keith Olander, Director of AgCentric and the Central Lakes College Ag & Energy Center. “The ability to compare financial data to environmental practices on the farm offers a new management tool for producers who desire to change farming methods while maintaining profitability."

The MAWQCP Farm Business Management Scholarship will award $140 per credit (approximately 75% of the cost of tuition) for new Farm Business Management students in their first and/or second semester of the program and $90 per credit (approximately 50% the cost of tuition) for returning students in their third semester or beyond. Students must enroll in a minimum of two credits per semester, or four per academic year, with a maximum of 10 credits per year.

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be water quality certified in the MAWQCP. To apply, contact a Farm Business Management instructor. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for spring semester 2021 is March 1.
Farmers and landowners interested in becoming water quality certified can contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or visit MyLandMyLegacy.com.

About the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program
The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Those who implement and maintain approved farm management practices will be certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of ten years. The program is available to farmers and landowners statewide. To date, over 990 farmers have enrolled 695,000 acres in MAWQCP. In December 2020, Governor Tim Walz announced a goal of enrolling one million acres in the program by the end of 2022.



 

 
 
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