In an effort to address local resource concerns, the Minnehaha Conservation District invites you to a local work group meeting to be held on Monday, September 8, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm at the USDA Service Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The purpose of the meeting is to give you an opportunity to express your ideas for the conservation needs in Minnehaha County. We would appreciate your assistance in prioritizing Environmental Quality Incentive Program projects.


The meeting is open to the public as well as government, tribal, farm, and wildlife groups.


WHAT: Work Group Meeting


WHERE: USDA Service Center, 2408 E Benson Road, Sioux Falls, SD 57104


WHEN: Monday, September 8, 2014 from 3:00pm – 4:00pm


We have a worksheet available to help you get your thoughts in order in preparation for the meeting. Please click HERE to download and print the worksheet.


We’re looking forward to hearing your great ideas!

Here is a very interesting article about soil health and life in the soil. Rick Bieber from Trail City, South Dakota, believes “if you take care of your soil, your soil takes care of you.” “The soil isn’t just a tool, it’s a full partner in a farming operation.” Interesting perspective!


Click here to read the full article.


We’ve got a special sale for native perennials and grasses going! Please click here for the order form to print and fill out. Just for clarification, a 300# pot is about the size of an ice cream pail and the cost is $10.75 / pot.


If you have any questions, give John a call at 605-370-3480. Happy planting!



Did you know that the EPA is considering changes to the rules that govern the waters of the United States? How will this affect agricultural producers and conservation practices? Now is the time to become more informed and offer your input. Comments on agricultural exemptions are accepted until 7/7/14, and formal comments can be submitted until 10/20/14. Here are links to resources that will help you understand what’s going on:


Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule

Questions and Answers About Waters of the U.S.

An excellent blog post that explains the proposed changes and how they will (or will not) affect agricultural producers



We still have some tree stock on hand for those of you that need to finish your landscaping project or weren’t able to make it out before. Click on the picture to get a larger view so you can see exactly what’s left. Come on out to the shed this Wednesday, June 11, from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm and get what you need!



Tree Sale Tomorrow (June 4) From 2pm – 6pm!

We’re selling the last of our tree stock tomorrow! First come, first served! Here’s a list of what we have left. If you click on the picture, a larger version will open in another window. Come on out to the shed at 1120 E 72nd Street in Sioux Falls! Get what you can while they last!


Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)


NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE, Huron, SD, March 27, 2014 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will provide an opportunity for farmers and ranchers interested in wildlife conservation to develop or enhance wildlife habitat. The NRCS will consider any application received prior to April 18, 2014.

“This Wildlife Effort through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a result of the enactment of the 2014 Farm Bill which combined the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) into EQIP.  All applications previously received for WHIP will be honored and have been rolled over into this Wildlife Effort.  A new application will not need to be resigned,” said Jennifer Wurtz, EQIP Program coordinator with the NRCS.

The EQIP program provides financial and technical assistance to help producers implement voluntary conservation practices to improve their natural resources. Payment is provided for a variety of practices to address resource concerns such as water quality, grazing land health and productivity, soil erosion and soil quality, and wildlife habitat development. “The Wildlife Effort through EQIP is the perfect opportunity to develop quality habitat for any type of wildlife,” says Wurtz.

“Applications for all NRCS conservation programs, including EQIP, are accepted continuously. However, the application batching date is April 18, 2014 for this Wildlife Effort,” Wurtz says. “I encourage any operator or landowner who may be interested in wildlife habitat to visit NRCS at their local USDA Service Center to see if they may be eligible.”


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