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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)



July 14, 2016
1:00—4:00 p.m.
Clarkfield City Hall

 1:00 Welcome & Introductions                    Liz Ludwig, FSA
               1:20 Buzz on Bees                                      Dr. Dan Cariveau, U of M
                   2:50 Backyard & butterflies                         Danielle Waldschmidt, NRCS
   3:20 What can you do?                                                           
                    NRCS Programs by Danielle Waldschmidt
              SWCD Buffer Law by Lou Ann Nagel
  FSA Programs by Liz Ludwig
 3:50 Door Prizes                                                                  

Sponsored by:
Yellow Medicine SWCD
USDA Farm Service Agency
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Must register by July 8th. Call Lauren at 320-669-4442 x116 to register.

Reasonable Accommodation
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this meeting should
contact Liz Ludwig at 320-669-4492, extension 2 or Federal Relay at 1-800-877-8339 by July 11th.





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   


 Minnesota’s New Buffer Law

Do buffers really do anything?

For decades, buffers or filter strips have been installed to successfully reduce sediment and nutrients getting to streams. Buffers improve water quality, habitat, and recreation.

Where do I have to put buffers?

In Summer of 2016, the MNDNR will release offcial maps to the public and SWCDs across the state. When these maps come out we can give you offcial word on where you are required to buffer waters next to your land. If you are interested in buffering any waters on your land, the SWCD can assist you with that at any time.

What do I have to plant on the buffer?

The statute says “a perennially vegetated root” must be on the buffer area. Alfalfa is allowed specifically in the law. No invasive species may be present on the buffer. Existing grass, shrub, or forest cover is acceptable.

When do I have to have a buffer on my land?

On November 1, 2017 waters that require a 30 foot minimum and a 50 foot average per parcel will need to be buffered. On November 1, 2018 public drainage ditches that only require 16 ½ feet will need to be buffered.

Where can I learn more?

If you would like to know more about the new buffer law and find out how it applies to you, you can  check out or or contact Tyler Knutson at the Yellow Medicine SWCD at 320-669-4442 x3 or by email at