Outstanding Conservationist

Matt and Joelle Woetzel were recently honored as outstanding conservationists in Meeker County at the annual meeting of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, December 8-10, 2019, in Bloomington, Minn. They were selected by the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) for the award.

Each year, the state's SWCDs recognize individuals and organizations for outstanding accomplishments in implementing conservation practices and improving Minnesota's natural resources. The award program is conducted with support from The Farmer magazine.

According to Joe Norman, District Technician, Matt and Joelle were recognized for a variety of reasons. They use a conservation approach to successfully farm about 500 acres in Dassel and Darwin Townships, including some very challenging fields of hills and variable soil. They practice contour farming on some of the largest hills in Meeker County.

In addition, the Woetzels practice conservation crop rotation, incorporating small grains and hay rotations on highly erodible land. They currently practice conservation tillage and are experimenting with no-till.

The Woetzels have been enrolled in the CSP program for six years. They are exploring the use of cover crops and plan to establish pollinator plots.

Matt Woetzel grew up with conservation-friendly farming. His father was recognized for his conservation efforts and practices in 1953 and again in 1975.

"We're really proud of the Woetzels and what they have done for conservation in Meeker County," said Norman. “They provide a wonderful example for conservationists."


Matt and Joelle Woetzel are pictured here at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District convention with Paula Mohr, Editor of The Farmer magazine, a sponsor of the Outstanding Conservationist program in Minnesota.