Farm Bill Assistance Partnership


BWSR is authorized to grant funds for MN Farm Bill Assistance Program to Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs; Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Spec. Sess. chapter 2 article 2, section 7(f), 7(g), 7(l), Laws of Minnesota 2016, chapter 172, article 1, section 2, subdivision 2(g), 4(c), Laws of Minnesota 2017, chapter 91, article 1, section 2, subdivision 2(g), 4(c), article 2, section 7(f), 7(g), 7(k)).

The MN Farm Bill Assistance grant (FBA) is considered as support to accelerate staff capacity to deliver programs that improve wildlife habitat and water quality. Related expenses include:

  • Marketing and consultation on conservation programs that achieve clean water, grassland, and wetland cover. Programs such as the MN Buffer Initiative, Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP), Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE), Working Lands Initiative (WLI), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), MN Clean Water Funding, MN Prairie Conservation Plan, MN Pheasant Action Plan, Prairie Bank, United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Habitat Easements.
  • Contracts, easements, and conservation plans for these programs
  • Facilitate practice implementation with vendors
  • Mid-contract management planning/consulting or vegetation enhancement activities
  • Guidance of landowners on non-FBA activities to appropriate staff/programs
  • Attendance at training events and meetings necessary to stay up-to-date on private lands program offerings
  • MN Buffer Initiative only, staff will assist with landowner contacts, establishment, cost-share, and conservation program enrollment options. Staff are not to be involved in regulatory actions.

To be eligible, a SWCD must be located within the 54 county MN CREP area.

Wetlands Restored

General Program Information

The purpose of the MN Farm Bill Assistance Partnership is to accelerate the implementation of conservation programs in Minnesota by adding capacity to consult with landowners in the delivery of conservation programs on private land. The end result is more acres of best management practices, buffers, grasslands, and wetlands for water quality and wildlife habitat. This program operates on a quarterly reimbursement basis for actual hours worked under the agreement. All grantees are required to report quarterly on the outcomes, activities, and accomplishments via an invoice to receive reimbursement.

Farm Bill Assistance Staff Guidance & Reporting

Farm Bill Assistance Staff Guidance (pdf)

Farm Bill Assistance Quarterly Report Example (pdf)

Farm Bill Assistance Accomplishments (1999 - September 2018) (pdf)

Farm Bill Assistance Staff Locations & Contact Information

Farm Bill Assistance Staff Locations Map (pdf)

Farm Bill Assistance Staff Information
County FBA Staff Email Address Phone
Aitkin/Carlton Jake Granfors 218-927-6565

Aaron Salo

Phil Doll

Benton/Mille Lacs/Morrison Nathan Sanoski 320-968-5300
Big Stone Joe Otto 320-849-1500
Blue Earth Jeff Potts 507-345-4744
Brown Ethan Boertje 507-794-4491
Carver Ben Datres 952-466-5230
Chippewa Tom Sletta 320-269-2139
Chisago Shane Hultman 651-674-2333
Clay Tony Nelson 218-287-2255
Cottonwood Becky Buchholz 507-832-8287
Dodge Jessica Bakken 507-374-6364
Douglas Josh Meissner 320-763-3191
Faribault Nathan Carr 507-526-2388
Goodhue Chris Fritz 651-923-5286
Grant Brent Gulbrandson 218-685-5395
Houston Eric Ressel 507-724-5261
Jackson Dan Bartosh 507-662-6682
Kandiyohi Aaron Wilson 320-235-3906
Lac qui Parle

Sara Reagan

Rhyan Schicker

Le Sueur Karl Schmidtke 507-357-4879
Lincoln Trent Johnson 507-694-1630
Lyon Mark Peper 507-532-8207
Martin Greg Johanson 507-235-6680
McLeod Kayla Blocker 320-864-5176
Meeker Josh Pommier 320-693-2854
Mower James Fett 507-434-2603
Murray Megan Howell 507-836-6990
Nicollet/Sibley Eric Miller 507-232-2550
Nobles Catelyn LaCour 507-376-9150
Otter Tail - East Mitchell Ness 218-346-4260
Otter Tail - West

Jake Nelson

Aaron Larsen

Pennington/Marshall/West Polk Jillian Fejszes 218-683-7075
Pipestone Nicole Schwebach 507-825-1185
Pope Nicole Brede 320-634-5327
Redwood Kristy Zajac 507-637-2427
Renville Karen Wermers 320-523-1559
Rice Emmie Peters 507-332-5408
Scott VACANT VACANT 952-492-5425
Stearns Ryan Rothstein 320-251-7800

John Lembcke

Adam Erickson

Kasey Jenc

Swift Gemma Kleinschmidt 320-842-7201
Todd Luke Thoma 320-732-6618
Traverse Jesse Grohs 320-563-8218
Watonwan Carolyn Schultz 507-375-3191
Wilkin Craig Lingen 218-643-2933
Winona Amanda Gentry 507-523-2171
Yellow Medicine Brayden Anderson 320-669-4442


Farm Bill Assistance SWCD Manager/Main Contact Information
County SWCD Manager/Main Contact Email Address Phone

Steve Hughes

Brad Matlack



Becker Peter Mead 218-846-7360
Benton/Mille Lacs/Morrison

Gerald Maciej

Susan Shaw

Helen McLennan




Big Stone

Tammy Neubauer

Blue Earth Jerad Bach 507-345-4744
Brown Melanie Krueger 507-794-2553
Carver Mike Wanous 952-466-5230
Chippewa Tom Warner 320-269-2139
Chisago Craig Mell 651-674-2333
Clay Kevin Kassenborg 218-287-2255
Cottonwood Kay Clark 507-831-1153
Dodge Adam King 507-374-6364
Douglas Jerry Haggenmiller 320-763-3191
Faribault Michele Stindtman 507-526-2388
Goodhue Glen Roberson 651-923-5286
Grant Joe Montonye 218-685-5395
Houston David Walter 507-724-5261
Jackson Chris Bauer 507-662-6682
Kandiyohi Rick Reimer 320-235-3906
Lac qui Parle Chessa Frahm 320-598-7321
Le Sueur Mike Schultz 507-357-4879
Lincoln Dale Sterzinger 507-694-1630
Lyon John Biren 507-532-8207
Martin Ashley Brenke 507-235-6680
McLeod Ryan Freitag 320-864-5176
Meeker Deb Holtz 320-693-7287
Mower Justin Hanson 507-434-2603

Shelly Lewis

Craig Christensen


Kevin Ostermann

Joel  Wurscher



Nobles John Shea 507-376-9150
Otter Tail - East Darren Newville 218-346-4260
Otter Tail - West Brad Mergens 218-998-5300
Pennington/Marshall/West Polk Bryan Malone 218-683-7075
Pipestone Kyle Krier 507-825-1185
Pope Holly Kovarik 320-634-5327
Redwood Scott Wold 507-637-2427
Renville Holly Hatlewick 320-523-1559
Rice Steve Pahs 507-332-5408
Scott Troy Kuphal 952-492-5425
Stearns Dennis Fuchs 320-251-7800

Matt Solemsaas

Chris Staebler

Swift Sheri Gades 320-842-7201
Todd Deja Anton 320-732-2644
Traverse Sara Gronfeld 320-563-8218
Watonwan David Haler 507-375-1225
Wilkin Don Bajumpaa 218-643-2933
Winona Daryl Buck 507-523-2171
Yellow Medicine

Kurt Johnson

Tyler Knutson







Dusty Van Thuyne
CREP Coordinator
Tabor Hoek
Private Lands Specialist