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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.
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The Yellow Medicine SWCD announces dates for informational meetings on the new Buffer Law.  Please plan to attend one of the following meetings:

     August 30th:   Canby Community Center from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     August 31st:    Granite Falls Kilowatt Community Center from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
                             Clarkfield City Hall/Old Fire Hall from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Presentations will be given by:
 Tyler Knutson, SWCD Technician - Buffer Law
 Chris Balfany, County Ditch Inspector  - Buffer Law in regards to county ditches/redeterminations
 Liz Ludwig, FSA - Buffer Law in regards to Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CCRP)

Please plan to attend.  If you cannot attend and would like more information on the new Buffer Law, please call Tyler Knutson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD office at 320-669-4442 x3 or stop by our office and he can help you.






Water Quality Certification expands to farms across Minnesota

  Yellow Medicine SWCD now accepting applicants


Clarkfield, Minn. – Farmers across Minnesota are now taking advantage of a state program that celebrates and ensures protection of the state’s water resources. With the help of a five-year, $9 million award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and legislation enacted earlier this year, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) is formally transitioning from four pilot areas to being available to any agricultural producer statewide.


Minnesota’s Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program was designed by an advisory committee of independent stakeholders and implemented by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and local public, private and non-profit partners. The program is a voluntary opportunity for farmers and agricultural landowners to take the lead in implementing conservation practices that protect our water. Farmers and landowners who implement and maintain approved farm management practices are certified and in turn obtain regulatory certainty for a period of 10 years.


The MAWQCP certifies farmers and landowners for managing their land in a way that protects water quality through a whole-farm assessment that evaluates:  physical field characteristics,  nutrient management factors, tillage management factors, pest management factors, irrigation and tile drainage management, and  conservation practices.  Producers interested in becoming certified also receive priority status for technical and financial assistance.


The MAWQCP puts producers together with local professionals and the new on-line field assessment tool to determine where risks to water quality exist on their farm, and empowers them to fix those risks when they’re found, at the same avoiding the expense, time and trouble of applying half-measures or implementing misplaced actions.


Anyone interested in learning more about MAWQCP, the assessment process, or becoming certified should contact Tyler Knutson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD at 320-669-4442 x3 or