News & Events

Rain Garden Workshop April 17, 2021

Join us next Saturday April 17 at the Stevens SWCD shop, 10:00-11:30, for a Rain Garden Workshop.  We will cover, planning for a rain garden, planting, native plants and maintenance. Now is your chance to see if a rain garden would be beneficial for your landscape.

RG Flyer 2021

 

 

Morris Model features speakers in agriculture

“Preparedness in Agriculture”

Morris Model will be hosting a discussion via Zoom with Dennis Todey from the
USDA Midwest Climate Hub to discuss the changing agricultural practices in the Upper
Midwest in response to shifts in seasonal temperatures and precipitation events.

For information and to register click below.

MMRDS press release

Minnesotans Report Receiving Mystery Seeds Appearing to Come from China

Check out more details about mysterious seeds

Minnesotans have reported receiving unsolicited packages of seeds in the mail. If you experience something similar, you should do the following:
* Do not throw away the package or its contents.
* Do not plant the seeds.
* Contact Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us and provide your name, contact information, and the date the package was received.

Click here to go to the MDA website for more information.

USDA Announces Direct Support to Farmers for Losses Related to COVID-19

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2020 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to this direct support to farmers and ranchers, USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program is partnering with regional and local distributors, whose work forces have been significantly impacted by the closure of many restaurants, hotels, and other food service entities, to purchase $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat and deliver boxes to Americans in need.

Applying for Assistance

Producers can apply for assistance beginning on May 26, 2020. Additional information and application forms can be found at farmers.gov/cfap. Producers of all eligible commodities will apply through their local FSA office. Documentation to support the producer’s application and certification may be requested. FSA has streamlined the signup process to not require an acreage report at the time of application and a USDA farm number may not be immediately needed. Applications will be accepted through August 28, 2020.

USDA Service Centers are open for business by phone appointment only, and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with producers by phone and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the FSA, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment. More information can be found at farmers.gov/coronavirus.

The local Stevens County USDA FSA office can be reached at 320-589-4886 ext 2, Morris, MN.

Our Mission

The mission of the Stevens Soil & Water Conservation District is to work with county landowners in putting conservation practices on the land and to help all citizens be good stewards of our natural resources.