In a one-time, two-month pilot in Murray County, foraging sheep provided required CRP maintenance, spurring regrowth with hoof action, nibbling

Despite setbacks, the Aakres have expanded practices they started with assistance from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. They’ve added more conservation practices on their own, and have come out ahead in the long run.

Beltrami SWCD’s Clean Water Fund-backed project in Bemidji targets nutrient-impaired Lake Irving, but its benefits extend to Lake Bemidji and beyond. The work will safeguard a source of Twin Cities drinking water, contain the flow in case of an oil spill, beautify a bike trail and increase pollinator habitat.

After several wet years, most of Minnesota is experiencing severe drought. Many native plants can withstand dry periods due to their deep roots and other adaptations. The following species are among those observed in recent months to withstand drought conditions. Keep in mind that all plants need some water to…

Itasca SWCD and the city of Coleraine take a watershed approach to protect the lake. Collaborators range from Vandyke Elementary fourth-graders to the Mississippi Headwaters Board to community volunteers and the Blandin Foundation.

Within the Sauk River watershed, producers who implement soil health practices could tap an emerging revenue stream, earning credits for improvements that benefit water quality and sequester carbon. For Ben Mergen, it’s an opportunity to increase profitability on his fifth-generation dairy farm.

Working with Dodge SWCD staff and funds available through an NRCS-BWSR partnership, Currier brothers improve water quality, increase their operation’s efficiency with a new manure pit, nutrient management plan tailored to their Mantorville dairy

Clean Water Fund grant cuts risk for producers to try soil health practices that benefit Holland and Edgerton’s drinking water supply management areas

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