SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT
1000 10th Avenue - Suite 3
Clarkfield MN 56223
Phone: 320-669-4442 Ext 3 FAX: 320-669-7525
|The Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District was duly organized as a governmental subdivision of this State, and a public body corporate and politic on the 17th day of April, 1950. The SWCD works with landowners in both rural and urban settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources. The SWCD is governed by locally elected officials and staffed by professionals dedicated to serving you – the public.|
To provide technical, financial, and educational support to the public for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil, water, and other natural resources.
Board meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at the SWCD office located in the Ag Service Center in Clarkfield, MN. Meetings are open to the public. Starting times vary depending on the time of the year. Please check the agenda tab to see time of next scheduled meeting.
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YELLOW MEDICINE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT'S 2014 CONSERVATION FARMER
The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce that Doug Albin, a Clarkfield native, was selected as the 2014 Conservation Farmer of the Year. Albin has served in a variety of leadership roles within the agricultural industry; as the President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, Chairman of the Production Stewardship Team, Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council Vice-Chairman, Governor Dayton’s Taskforce on Ag Water Quality Certification, founding Board member of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center and the CURE Minnesota “River Keeper” Awardee for 2013.
Albin has participated in several conservation efforts on his land. He has installed field windbreaks that reduce exposure to the harsh seasonal winds on his land along with vast improvements on a farmstead shelterbelt.
Albin has performed a plethora of cropland management techniques that have included: soil sampling, split nitrogen applications on crop fields to avoid leaching and increase crop uptake, deep placement of phosphorus and potassium to ensure plant availability, site-specific tillage, utilization of nitrification inhibitors on fall applied nitrogen products, along with vigilant monitoring and mapping of all applications and fieldwork through GPS systems. He has employed several integrated pest management techniques on his crop land; full-field pest scouting, chemical spraying only as absolutely needed, cultural control methods along with biological control measures of removing pest habitat have been productive actions taken by Albin.
He was the first to have a saturated buffer in the state of Minnesota and only third in the nation. Albin is proactive in buffering and stabilizing shorelines of all applicable streams as well. He has voluntarily maintained a wetland near his homestead for wildlife and water filtration purposes.
Albin is an advocate for other landowners to enroll marginal acres into CRP; he also assists them in establishing CRP in addition to owning and managing dozens of CRP acres himself.
Additionally, Albin has implemented a bioreactor to treat drainage into the Yellow Medicine River; thus, reducing nitrates in the tile drainage. He also installed terraces on contoured slopes, gully alleviation byway of water and sediment control basins along with obligating grassed waterways in long gully areas.
He is an active participant in stakeholder meetings pertaining to conservation and wildlife. Albin hosted a field day on his site to promote the use of conservation practices. He showed farmers and agency personnel the systems in process of being built (bio reactor). A follow-up field day is also being considered to show the benefits of the many conservation activities that have taken place. He has graciously given tours to interested parties and many media outlets, some as widespread as “Corn & Soybean Digest”. Albin is always willing to explain the benefits of conservation and how they relate to production.
Doug is an ideal example of a farmer who is persistent in finding ways to enhance sustainability and profitability on his farm while intensifying management of inputs and natural resources; benefitting future generations. He knew riparian areas that flooded easily; the side effects of drainage, the soil’s erosion potential, and frustration of having costly nutrients leach. He found what it would take to bring changes to the landscape and make his contribution to agriculture more sustainable. Albin has cooperated with many agencies to install all of the various conservation methods and practices. He has also partnered with the University of Minnesota, researching the benefits of these state-of-the-art practices. Progressive farmers like Albin prove that agriculture and the environment can work together to provide food and sustain clean water.