Programs & Services
- State Cost-Share
- RIM Buffer
- AgBMP Loan Program
- Meeker County Feedlot Program
- Prairie Strips
- Tree & Tree Matting Program
- Walk-in Access Program
Each year Meeker SWCD is allocated funds from the State of Minnesota for the implementation of conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation. Landowners can request financial and technical assistance for installation of state approved conservation practices. These approved practices include:
- Critical Area Stabilization
- Field Windbreaks
- Wastewater and Feedlot Runoff Control
- Filter Strips
- Sediment Basins
- Shoreland and Roadside Protection
- Unused Well Sealing
The goal of the Reinvest in Minnesota (RIM) Reserve Riparian Buffer Easement Program is to establish permanent vegetative buffers on land adjacent to surface waters (lakes, rivers, streams). Vegetative buffer areas can vary between 50 and 200 feet from the banks of surface waters. Buffers trap sediment and immobilize nutrients and pesticides in field runoff and provide wildlife cover. Landowners are compensated for enrolling in the program.
- Feedlot improvements
- Upgrading manure storage basins
- Improved manure handling equipment
- Conservation practices
- Conservation tillage equipment
- Upgrading of failing sewage treatment systems
- Sealing abandoned wells
CRP CP43 Prairie Strip Program
Prairie Strips are a CRP practice that offers a triple benefit: reduction of erosion by 90%, reduction of nutrient run-off by 85% and increase of wildlife habitat. This practice brings big benefits while having minimum impact on crop production!
Why prairie strips?
One of the only CRP practices that can be used for headlands and turnarounds for farm equipment
· Strips can be placed anywhere on your farm
· Perfect for field edges with low yields or on contours
· Improves water quality leaving your farm and reduces erosion
· Farmers qualify for an additional $50/acre/year on top of CRP payments for 10 or 15 year contracts.
· Improve wildlife and pollinator habitat on your farm
· Sign up at any time of year
Contact Josh Pommier or Joe Norman at 320-693-7287 to get more information and to learn how to get enrolled.
Meeker SWCD staff will assist landowners in tree species selection, design layout and planting of field windbreaks and farmstead shelterbelts. The SWCD also provides a tree matting installation service. Tree matting helps control unwanted weed growth and retains moisture that accelerates tree growth. Along with this service, individual orders are taken from landowners and these trees are distributed in early spring.
Walk-in targets privately owned parcels of 40 acres or more, which are enrolled in a conservation program such as Conservation Reserve Program or Reinvest In Minnesota. River bottoms, wetlands and other high quality habitat can also be considered for the program.
Walk-in lands are open for public hunting only, each year from September 1st to May 31st. No target practice, trapping, dog training, camping, horseback riding or fires are allowed. Enrolled acres are for walk-in traffic only - no vehicles are allowed on conservation land.
Meeker SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and service provider.