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Clarkfield MN  56223
Phone:  320-669-4442 Ext 3  FAX: 320-669-7525
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OFFICE HOURS:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OFFICE LOCATION:  Ag Service Center in Clarkfield, Minnesota
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.
Agenda Minutes

SERVICES PROVIDED (See Programs and Services Button Above)


The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) was honored at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts Annual Convention as the SWCD of the Year. 

This award goes to a SWCD that
recognizes and stimulates leadership within the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) to go above and beyond what is required of them. 




This year, the Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District has two Supervisors positions up for election.  SWCD candidates appear on the ballot for the general election which will take place November 4, 2014.


Candidates are elected county wide, but must reside in one of the nominations districts up for election.  The nominating districts that have openings are:

            Area 3:  Friendship, Normania, Hazel Run and Sandnes Townships

            Area 4:  Oshkosh, Omro, Tyro, Wergeland, Burton, and Swede Prairie Townships


SWCDs are special purpose units of government that manage and direct natural resource management programs at the local level.  Districts work in both urban and rural settings to carry out a program for the conservation, use and development of soil, water and related resources.  SWCD Supervisors serve four year terms and meet monthly, discussing the business of the SWCD, distributing state grant allocations to landowners, setting conservation priorities and coordinating conservation efforts with other local units of government and state agencies.  SWCD Supervisors are not paid a salary; however, they do received compensation for attending meetings and are reimbursed for expenses.


Candidate Qualifications

·         At least 21 years old when assuming office

·         Reside in the district for at least 30 days before the general election

·         Have no other affidavit on file for any other elected office (except for mayor or council member or town board member)


Affidavit of Candidacy

·         All SWCD Supervisor candidates must file an affidavit of candidacy

·         Affidavits must be signed in the presence of a notary or an individual authorized to administer oaths.

·         Affidavits may be completed starting 60 days before and during the filing period.


Filing Period

The filing period opens May 20, 2014 and closes at 5:00 p.m. June 3, 2014


Filing Location

Candidates for SWCD Supervisor need to file an affidavit of candidacy at the County Office:

            Yellow Medicine County Government Center

            180 8th Avenue

            Granite Falls MN  56241



Filing Fee

Candidates must pay a filing fee of $20.00 at the time of filing their affidavit of candidacy.  However, candidates may file a petition in place of the filing fee.


The SWCD's goal is to provide quality and accurate information.  All information within this site, though, is subject to change and should only serve as a guideline for the SWCD's services and procedures.  For the most current and accurate information, please contact the SWCD at 320-669-4442 Extension 3.

The SWCD prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or family status.
The SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Yellow Medicine SWCD
1000 10th Avenue - Suite 3
PO Box 545
Clarkfield, MN  56223
320-669-4442 Ext 3
(FAX) 320-669-7525