2018 Tour of Practices

The Benton SWCD and NRCS office recently held a conservation tour to highlight some of the work that has been done in the county in the past year.

Forty-one people attended the tour, including County Commissioners, Briggs Lake Association members, Federal & State Representatives, U of M Extension Educator, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Benton County Planning Commission, and SWCD Supervisors. During the day we met with landowners to see conservation projects and shared thoughts on what issues were taking place and how the projects helped correct the problem.  We also stopped at various sites to look at the projects that have been completed or are in the process of being completed. Other highlights included:

  • New Heights Dairy – Brent Czech gave us a tour of his feedlot project that is currently in progress.

  • Stoney Brook Farms – Brad Chmielewski talked to us about being involved with the MN Ag Water Quality Certification Program.  Stoney Brook farms was certified as the 600th farm to go thru this program. 

  • Observation Well reading

  • O & S Dairy – we saw a liner going in on a 140’ x 170’ x 11’ manure pit

  • Dan Honeck – Wetland Restoration project

  • Presentation at Silt Sock Inc.  Silt Sock produces erosion control products.  


In addition, during the tour the District and NRCS staff discussed Federal and State Programs, Water and Sediment Basin, Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), Feedlots, Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP), Soil Health, and Cover Crops.