What's New at Meeker SWCD

Poster Contest Winners Announced

The sixth grade classes from two schools in Meeker County participated in a conservation-themed poster contest sponsored by the Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD). The theme this year was "Watersheds: Our Water, Our Home." The posters were judged by the Meeker SWCD Board of Supervisors.

First and second place winners were chosen from each class. 

Litchfield’s first place winners were Julian Lopez, Brady Bipes, Carli Gabrielson, Isabelle Culbertson and T. J. Christensen.  Second place winners were August Ashburn, Kaley Idso, Jada Larson, Aleisha Shoutz and Creighton Huhner.

The first place winners from Eden Valley-Watkins were Kalob Smith, Diana Wirtzfeld and Anna Kramer with second place posters created by Chaslyn Torborg, Kassandra Morin and Josie Huberty.

The posters crafted by Brady Bipes, Isabelle Culbertson and Kalob Smith will move on to Area competition with judging to be done in June.

All schools in Meeker County are invited to conduct a poster contest with their sixth grade students each spring.  For information on next year’s contest, please contact the SWCD office at 320.693.7287.

Litchfield Winners:

Litchfield Winners

Front row (L to R): Kaley Idso, Carli Gabrielson, TJ Christensen, Isabelle Culbertson, August Ashburn

Back row (L to R): Aleisha Shoutz, Creighton Huhner, Brady Bipes, Jada Larson, Julian Lopez

Eden Valley/Watkins Winners:

EVW Winners

From left to right

Anna Kramer, Josie Huberty, Kalob Smith, Diana Wirtzfeld, Kassandra Morin, Chaslyn Torborg

Nick and Joan Olson of rural Litchfield were chosen Meeker SWCD's Outstanding Conservationists for 2017. Read the full article here.


Financial Assistance for Performance Analysis Available to Meeker County Farmers

The Meeker Soil and Water Conservation District has recently announced the availability of financial assistance for precision conservation planning to Meeker County farmers.

Meeker SWCD is partnering with AgSolver, the McKnight Foundation and Pheasants Forever to provide this innovative conservation tool to landowners.  The AgSolver Precision Business Planning tool utilizes the producer's as-planted, yield data and crop budget to analyze each field's financial performance.

Simply stated, a Precision Conservation Business Plan identifies land areas where conservation resource concerns align with poor financial performance.  It evaluates the financial outcomes of conservation practice options at a high resolution on the landscape.

To take advantage of this unique opportunity for financial assistance, contact Josh Pommier at the SWCD office, 320-693-7287, extension 3.