2017 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 Four people attended the tour, including County Commissioners, Little Rock Lake Assocation members, Federal and State Representatives, U of M Educators, MPCA, MDA, 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:

  • Stream monitoring presentation
  • Presentation at the Mighty Axe HopsTM farm
  • Northeast St. Cloud and Elk River Watershed Water Quality presentation during lunch
  • Feedlot projects in progress
  • We looked at erosion control and Conservation Reserve Program projects done in Benton County

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.