Farm Briefs

Soil Health workshops

March 12, 13 at 2 sites

Have you ever wondered what makes a soil “healthy?” Have you ever walked through your fields wondering what you can do to improve the quality of your soil?

Take advantage of this opportunity and attend the Soil Health Workshop on March 12th or 13th to learn more about how cover crops and reduced tillage can build a healthier soil. This half-day workshop will be held in two locations in Southwestern Minnesota. On March 12, the event will be held at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington and on March 13, the same event will be held at the Southwest Minnesota State University campus in Marshall.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and will conclude at 2:30 p.m. for both days. There will be a registration fee of $10. Lunch and informational handouts will be provided. An accurate count is needed for lunch and preregistration is encouraged. To preregister, contact Barb Daly of the Rock County NRCS office at 507-283-9146 ext.3; she will be keeping registration information for both events. Please preregister by March 9.

South Central Minnesota SWCDs seek summer apprentices

ST. PAUL – Conservation Corps Minnesota is currently accepting applications for young adults, ages 18-25, for summer apprentice positions in 30 Soil and Water Conservation Districts throughout Minnesota, including those in Brown, Martin and Renville. Apprentices will spend their summer working alongside natural resource professionals to learn hands-on skills in managing soil and water resources. Responsibilities will vary by site and may include communicating with landowners, providing educational materials, monitoring, inspecting sites, preparing reports and other conservation-related activities.

Apprentices will serve as AmeriCorps members and receive a monthly living stipend of $1,235 as well as an education award of $1,493 to use towards qualifying education and student loan expenses. Educational credits may be arranged by the apprentice. The service term runs from May 18-August 14.

Interested candidates should apply online at by March 22, 2015.

The program is funded through the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund and LCCMR.