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Mower SWCD

1408 21st Ave. NW

Austin, MN 55912

507-434-2603

FAX: 507-434-2680

Mower SWCD

Board of Supervisors'

monthly meeting:

8:00 AM

Wed., Oct. 11

Mower SWCD office

1408 21st Ave. N.W.

Austin, MN

Agenda

District Manager

Justin Hanson

Admin. Assistant

Jeanne Crump

Watershed Tech

James Fett

Project Manager

Cody Fox

District Tech

Larry Callahan

Resource Specialist

Steve Lawler

District Tech II

Aaron Gamm

Water Plan & Outreach

Tim Ruzek

                                 

 

Frank Family Farms named Conservationists of the Year for Mower County

 

Mower SWCD has chosen Frank Family Farms of Dexter Township for its 2017 Outstanding Conservationist Award.

 

Started in 1974, Frank Family Farms is led by brothers Ed & Ted Frank along with Ted’s son, Tom, and their wives - Cindy, Kim and Kelsey - running a birth-to-market hog operation and farming 1,100 acres for corn, soybeans and hay.

 

The Franks have incorporated numerous conservation practices, including six grass waterways partly (18 acres total); cover crops planted into a 300-acre corn field; buffers established voluntarily; a sediment-control drop structure in a waterway; and strip tillage on all corn and soybean fields. 

 

For more, read the media release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured (left to right) are Ed Frank; Ted Frank; and Tom Frank at the Frank Family Farm headquarters in Dexter Township.

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Mower SWCD, local farmers awarded Cover Crop Champion grant

 

Cover crops and soil health will get more attention in 2017 thanks to a Cover Crop Champion grant awarded to Mower SWCD to work with Mower County farmers Tom Cotter and Tom Finnegan on giving presentations throughout the region.

National Wildlife Federation awards the grants to help make farmers and others more aware of the numerous benefits of incorporating cover crops into a farming operation.

Read more in the media release.

 Cover crops on Tom Cotter's farm in Austin Township.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Mower SWCD Annual Report

                                                    

                   

 

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  Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   

  Work has begun on developing a watershed-based plan for managing water in the Cedar River Watershed as required by a new state initiative. Mower, Dodge, Freeborn and Steele counties along with their Soil & Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) are leading the process that also involves

Cedar River Watershed District, Turtle Creek Watershed District and City of Austin.

  Click below for more information:   

Cedar River One Watershed, One Plan   

Cedar River 1W1P Policy Committee: 1:00 PM meeting April 24, Riverland Community College - West in Austin

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Mower SWCD ready to help with state buffer law

   Minnesota's new state buffer law is nearing its first compliance deadline on Nov. 1, 2017, for public waterways requiring at least 30 feet of vegetation and an overall average of 50 feet. Public waters are those listed on the Minnesota DNR's official buffer map.

   All public drainage ditches will need at least 16.5 feet (one rod) of buffer by Nov. 1, 2018.

   State statute says a "perennially vegetated root" must be on the buffer area.

   Mower County landowners with questions on the state buffer law should contact Mower SWCD's buffer coordinator Aaron Gamm at 507-434-2603 or aaron.gamm@mowerswcd.org. Those with land possibly not in compliance got notification letters in late January 2017.

                                                                              

ONLINE LINKS

Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resources buffer site (BWSR)

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources buffer mapping (DNR)

Mower SWCD media releases on buffer law:

First buffer 'alternative practice' approved in Mower County (Jan. 13, 2017)

Buffers column by Mower SWCD district manager (Dec. 29, 2016)

Star Tribune buffer article focused on Mower County/Mower SWCD (Oct. 8, 2016)

Mower SWCD helps host informational buffer meetings (July 19, 2016)

Mower County buffer compliance about 94 percent (March 14, 2016)

 

       

Mower County platbooks available at the Mower SWCD office.

$35/book

For more information on this site, contact Tim Ruzek at 507-434-2603 or by

e-mail at:          tim.ruzek@mowerswcd.org

   
Mower SWCD | 1408 21st. Ave, NW | Austin, MN 55912 | 507-434-2603| Fax: 507-434-2680
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