The Pope SWCD Board of Supervisors will participate in a virtual Zoom meeting for the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District Annual Business Meeting on December 8, 2020. The meeting is to conduct business of the state association. The meeting will take place from 9 a.m. to Noon. Board members will be joining the meeting from remote locations for this virtual meeting. A quorum of members are likely to attend this virtual meeting. For questions please contact our office at 320-634-5327.
USDA Glenwood Service Center Open for Business by Phone Appointment Only effective 12-1-2020. The USDA is temporarily restricting in-person visits to the Glenwood Service Center because of the elevated rates of coronavirus community spread, but USDA employees and Pope SWCD employees will continue to assist landowners with programs and services. Service Center staff members from Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Pope SWCD will continue to work with producers by phone, email, other digital means. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, NRCS, and Pope SWCD should call to schedule an appointment.
FSA (320) 634-5143 extension 2
NRCS (320) 634-5143 extension 3
Pope SWCD (320) 634-5327 or (320) 634-5143 extension 4
Pope SWCD will also be following social distancing guidelines while assisting landowners in the field and will be implementing a teleworking schedule for staff. Thank you for your understanding.
Extra! Extra! Hot off the Press! Pope SWCD Searches for Raingarden Blitz Trailblazers!
Pope Soil and Water Conservation District is in process of a raingarden initiative in the City of Glenwood. A raingarden is a biofiltration practice that reduces the flow rate of stormwater and reduces pollutant loads from impervious surfaces such as driveways, roofs and roads within an urban setting. Other projects could be bioswales or tree trenches depending on the layout of the yard and the desire of the landowner.
Pope SWCD was awarded a Clean Water Fund grant focusing on stormwater within Glenwood. Lake Minnewaska is the receiving benefitted waterbody from these city projects. Through this grant, Pope SWCD is able to offer 75% cost-share of the total project cost to landowners who enter into a project contract with our office. Project site will be reviewed to determine feasibility. If you are interested in a raingarden or stormwater practice on your property, please contact the Pope SWCD office at 320-634-5327 and ask for Jessica.
The Pope and Stearns SWCDs and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture invite you to a Virtual Webinar on January 7, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. to be held via Zoom. We are asking you to pre-register for this event by clicking this link:
When you register, you will receive and email with the direct link to the Zoom call. Please register by January 5th, 2021. If you have trouble registering please give our office a call at 320-634-5327.
Virtual Manure Management Field Day to be held on January 7th, 2021
Join us for an informational webinar session about low disturbance manure injection, soil health, manure management, and tillage practices. Learn about how low soil disturbance manure injection into the soil is an effective management strategy for soil health and nutrient management. The virtual field day will place on Thursday, January 7th, 2021 form 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. via Zoom.
Even though this field day couldn’t be held in-person, the organizers and presenters have developed an informative virtual event that will include live interviews, videos, presentations, research updates, and Q&A. This session is designed for a wide audience including but not limited to farmers, landowners, agency staff, custom applicators, farm equipment dealerships, and anyone who utilizes manure on their operation. CCA Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for this virtual field have been applied for; .5 CEUs for Nutrient Management and .5 CEUs for Soil and Water Management.
During the virtual event, there will be live interviews from Greg Vold, co-owner of Dorrich Dairy, Tim Woeste, co-owner of Upper Midwest Pumping, LLC, and Kevin Wolter, Business Development Manager, Bazooka Farmstar. There will be research updates from University of Minnesota Extension staff members Melissa Wilson on manure management, Jodi DeJong-Hughes on tillage, and Anna Cates on soil health. There will also be drone footage featuring the application of manure taking place on Dorrich Dairy.
Pre-registration is required. To register, visitStearns County SWCD’s website at www.stearnscountyswcd.net or Pope SWCD’s website at www.popeswcd.org. Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email with your own personalized Zoom link; please save that link and utilize it to access the virtual event. Participants are encouraged to register by January 5th, 2021.
This virtual event is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Ag Water Quality Certification Program, Clean Water Funds, Pope SWCD, and Stearns County SWCD.
Hosted by the Stearns County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and Pope Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, Dorrich Dairy, Upper Midwest Pumping LLC, and Bazooka Farmstar.
For more information contact Holly Kovarik, Pope SWCD at 320-634-5327 or Brittany Lenzmeier, Stearns County SWCD at 320.251.7800 ext.3