Cultivating trust among farmers

Rock SWCD Assistant Director Doug Bos received BWSR's 2021 Outstanding Soil and Water Conservation District Employee award for his work on water planning, nitrate reduction and soil health.

Soil health is central to farm’s future

With NRCS assistance, a Clay County farm family tried cover crops and no-till. Despite setbacks, those practices — along with strip-till, nutrient and pest management —now shape their plans as they strive to increase profits, decrease inputs and build up soil health.

Selling conservation, flood control

Cedar River Watershed District Project Manager Cody Fox received BWSR's 2021 Outstanding Watershed District Employee award for his work on water storage projects, capital improvements and water planning.

Rotational grazing revives prairie

In a one-time, two-month experiment in Murray County, foraging sheep provided required maintenance on CRP land, spurring regrowth with their hoof action and browsing. NRCS staff worked with the grazier to develop a site-specific rotational grazing plan. A Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist helped track which plants the sheep ate.