Programs and Services

The Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Tree Program began in 1961.  The SWCD sells and plants trees for landowners in Yellow Medicine County for conservation purposes only.

This cost share programs provide landowners/occupiers with financial assistance to offset the cost of installing conservation practices that protect and improve water quality by controlling soil erosion and reducing sedimentation.  Contact any SWCD staff member for more information.

This loan program provides low interest financing to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses for the implementation of best management practices that work to improve water quality.  Contact Anita for more information about this program.

Wetlands are protected by both state and federal programs and statues. Wetlands are not allowed to be impacted by drainage or filling. Top prevent you from being in violation it is HIGHLY recommended that you apply for appropriate permits. There is a REQUIREMENT to receive a permit from the watershed district which the proposed project resides. Project examples include but not limited to: Any Drainage, Land into production, Ditch maintenance, Removing trees (wind break, grove, ect), Construction projects and Reshaping or removing soils.

The Reinvest In Minnesota Program (RIM) is a State funded program which compensates landowners for voluntarily retiring marginal crop ground, to benefit wildlife habitat and protect the states soil and water resources.  Developed in 1986, the RIM program has been a highly successful program for farmers, wildlife enthusiasts and environmentalists. The success of the program has been fueled by cooperators seeing the aesthetic and wildlife improvements on the land.  

The SWCD assists the Yellow Medicine County Water Planner with implementing the County's Water Plan.  The SWCD has adopted this plan as our Comprehensive Plan.  For more information on the Yellow Medicine County's Water Plan, please visit the county's website at www.co.ym.mn.gov.  
The SWCD also participates in the Yellow Medicine River One Watershed, One Plan Program.  For more information on this program and its partners, please visit:  http://area2.org/index.php/one-watershed-one-plan.

We can rent out a 3-point attachment seeder with a pendulum spreader. Talk with Ian Olson here at the SWCD to find out more.

These are just a few of our many programs and services, see the program pages and menus to learn more!

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