Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District

Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District Working in Madison County, Iowa to provide programs, funding, and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide programs, funding and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

Mission: The mission of the Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District is to provide programs, funding and technical assistance which will conserve our natural resources for all our futures.

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on ...
02/06/2020

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on February 4, 2020!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn, and Conservation Districts of Iowa!

Thanks to everyone who attended Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health: Turning Grass Into Cash at the Jackson Building on February 4, 2020!

A big thank you to our sponsors: Madison County Farm Bureau, Iowa Corn, and Conservation Districts of Iowa!

Tim Palmer, one of our Madison County SWCD Commissioners, was interviewed for this article!
01/29/2020
New oat, wheat markets debut in Iowa

Tim Palmer, one of our Madison County SWCD Commissioners, was interviewed for this article!

Smithfield program offers oat and wheat contracts to farmers in southern Iowa.

Congratulations to Annette Purdy on receiving the Golden Apple Award!  The NRCS/SWCD staff have had the pleasure of work...
01/27/2020
WHO TV Channel 13 News

Congratulations to Annette Purdy on receiving the Golden Apple Award!

The NRCS/SWCD staff have had the pleasure of working with Mrs. Purdy and her students on many occasions... field trips to the local wetland, Envirothon teams, the Conservation Club of Winterset, and cover crop experiments in the Outdoor Classroom, to name a few.

After watching her in action for years, we can say this award is very well deserved!

One high school teacher’s classes are anything but an easy A, but that doesn’t turn students away.

“I don’t like to do anything the same so I’m always changing what I’m doing,” Golden Apple Recipient and Winterset High School Science Teacher Annette Purdy said.

Great article in the Wallaces Farmer Update today!  If you want to learn more about building soil, come to the Grassland...
01/21/2020
Yes, you can make soil!

Great article in the Wallaces Farmer Update today!

If you want to learn more about building soil, come to the Grasslands, Livestock & Soil Health Workshop on February 4th!

Organic matter builds as tillage declines, and cover crops and crop residue cover the soil.

If you used cover crops without cost share, take note that the deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has ...
01/15/2020

If you used cover crops without cost share, take note that the deadline for signing up for crop insurance discounts has been extended to January 31!

Did you plant cover crops last fall? Then you may be eligible for a $5/acre discount on your 2020 crop insurance premiums. The deadline to apply has been extended to January 31.
http://bit.ly/3a9VUi1 #IowaAg

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
01/10/2020
Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Check out this workshop at Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Madison County on Tuesday, January 28! Lot of good info, publications, copies of presentation, and lunch!

Pre-register by Friday, January 24 (two weeks from today).

Cover Crop users who applied acres without cost share: there's one week left to sign up for crop insurance discounts.
01/08/2020
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Cover Crop users who applied acres without cost share: there's one week left to sign up for crop insurance discounts.

The deadline for farmers who planted fall cover crops to sign up for a $5 per acre reduction on their 2020 crop insurance premiums is quickly approaching. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship will accept applications until Jan. 15, 2020. Read more here.

There was a great turnout for the CRP Informational Workshop this morning!  One more to go this evening at 5:30pm at the...
01/07/2020

There was a great turnout for the CRP Informational Workshop this morning! One more to go this evening at 5:30pm at the Madison County Extension Office.

The location for the morning session has been MOVED to the Jackson Building.  The evening session will still be at the E...
01/07/2020

The location for the morning session has been MOVED to the Jackson Building. The evening session will still be at the Extension Office.

All are welcome to attend (even if you didn't RSVP).

Don't forget about the CRP Informational Workshops next Tuesday!  If you haven't already RSVP'ed, we would encourage you...
01/03/2020

Don't forget about the CRP Informational Workshops next Tuesday! If you haven't already RSVP'ed, we would encourage you to attend the evening session (the daytime session is already pretty full).

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
12/31/2019
Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Read this Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship news release for a summary of this crop insurance discount opportunity for cover crop users.

Spoiler alert: acres enrolled in federal or state cost share programs are not eligible. However, if you did acres on your own, you may be interested in this.

More information is available on the Clean Water Iowa website: https://www.cleanwateriowa.org/covercropdemo

12/23/2019

The Madison County USDA Service Center will be closed Tuesday-Wednesday this week, and re-open on Thursday, December 26th.

The elves in the Winterset Field Office workshop are busy getting ready for... the CRP Informational Workshops on Januar...
12/23/2019

The elves in the Winterset Field Office workshop are busy getting ready for...

the CRP Informational Workshops on January 7th!

The big guy’s a little busy this week, so these flyers will be arriving in mailboxes (instead of stockings).

Happy World Soil Day!
12/05/2019

Happy World Soil Day!

Happy #WorldSoilDay! Today, we recognize our commitment to promoting soil health across the nation through outreach and research. #NACD is proud to support its strong network of over 240 Soil Health Champions who are sharing their success stories and promoting conservation practices nationwide. Learn more about our soil health work here: https://www.nacdnet.org/about-nacd/what-we-do/soil/

The Madison County USDA Service Center will also be closed for Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.  Enjoy the holiday!
11/27/2019

The Madison County USDA Service Center will also be closed for Thanksgiving Day tomorrow. Enjoy the holiday!

NACD’s offices will be closed tomorrow in celebration of Thanksgiving Day.

#NACD is grateful for the role conservation districts play in supporting landowners and helping to deliver locally-led conservation. We could not have Thanksgiving or food on our tables without the hard work of America’s farmers, ranchers and producers. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃

This is a really cool StoryMap - and it features* farmers from Iowa! Definitely worth a scroll!  Plus, the interactive m...
11/21/2019
Farming for the future

This is a really cool StoryMap - and it features* farmers from Iowa!

Definitely worth a scroll! Plus, the interactive maps let you zoom in to your own neck of the woods.

"The Prevo brothers, a fifth-generation farm family in Iowa, are investing in soil health and seeing record yields because of it. USDA, Esri, and Living Atlas have collaborated to highlight cutting edge data, geospatial information, and technology through the story of these brothers."

*The USDA creates StoryMaps highlighting farmers across the entire country, so it's always fun to see stories from our home state.

How science, data, and location intelligence support sustainable U.S. agriculture

Our District Technician, Joe, has been busy staking out terraces this week!Conservation Consultant Jim Gillespie assiste...
11/21/2019

Our District Technician, Joe, has been busy staking out terraces this week!

Conservation Consultant Jim Gillespie assisted Joe with staking out a project in Cedar Lake Watershed earlier this week and snapped this photo.

How has REAP impacted Madison County?  By providing over a million and a half dollars to the county since the program be...
11/15/2019

How has REAP impacted Madison County? By providing over a million and a half dollars to the county since the program began - including over $820,000 to the SWCD for Soil and Water Enhancement!

The REAP Assembly - Region 14 next Tuesday gives "all Iowans an opportunity to share and discuss their visions for Iowa’s outdoor recreation, soil and water enhancement, historical resources and land management and more."

The Iowa Forage and Grassland Council's Winter Conference is coming up in 3 weeks!There are links to the conference sche...
11/04/2019
Keynote Speaker Announced for Winter Conference « Iowa Forage and Grassland Council

The Iowa Forage and Grassland Council's Winter Conference is coming up in 3 weeks!

There are links to the conference schedule and registration form at the bottom of this webpage:

The 2019 IFGC Winter Conference is excited to announce Dr. Mark Boggess, US Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) Center Director as the 2019 keynote speaker.

Happy Halloween and the last day of Bat Week!  Three of these bat species live in Madison County ... the Hoary Bat, Litt...
10/31/2019
9 of the coolest bat species in the United States

Happy Halloween and the last day of Bat Week!

Three of these bat species live in Madison County ... the Hoary Bat, Little Brown Bat, and Indiana Bat.

With hundreds of species, bats are diverse, scientifically fascinating and found all across the country. Check out some of our favorite bat species found in the U.S., what makes them so cool and how we're protecting them.

Madison County hosted some of the field trips for an NRCS Orientation for New Employees course on October 29th and 30th.
10/30/2019

Madison County hosted some of the field trips for an NRCS Orientation for New Employees course on October 29th and 30th.

Madison County hosted some of the field trips for an NRCS Orientation for New Employees course on October 29th and 30th.

Did you know... It's Bat Week!All nine of our bat species in Iowa are protected, but Madison County is within the range ...
10/28/2019
Home - Bat Week

Did you know... It's Bat Week!

All nine of our bat species in Iowa are protected, but Madison County is within the range of two federally listed bat species - the Indiana Bat (federally endangered) and the Northern Long-Eared Bat (federally threatened).

One of our jobs when planning for conservation practices (such as brush management, grade stabilization structures, etc.) is to ensure that we are not negatively affecting federally listed species or their habitat.

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Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
10/21/2019

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

We partnered with the Madison County Conservation Board, For Lands Sake!, and the Izaak Walton League of America to organize a "Save Our Streams" water quality monitoring workshop in Winterset on Saturday, October 19th.

After a morning spent in the classroom learning and taking a test, the group went to Middle River Park to learn how to monitor water quality in streams.

To learn more about Save Our Streams, visit https://www.iwla.org/conservation/water/save-our-streams

The Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA training workshop is coming up this Saturday!  Visit the event or read below for mor...
10/17/2019

The Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA training workshop is coming up this Saturday! Visit the event or read below for more information and to register.

We can all benefit from clean water!

To be informed and responsible citizens, we need to know what’s going on in our waters. Save Our Streams is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that monitors the chemistry, physical appearance, and biological diversity of streams. You can share your results with friends, community members, and local government with our public online database.

There will be a Save Our Streams: Winterset, IA training event on Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. You will leave equipped with the knowledge of how to effectively monitor your local streams, a network of like-minded individuals in the area, and the ability to participate in citizen-led statewide (and nation-wide!) water monitoring program! The data collected through the SOS program is also submitted to the EPA for use in state and federal decision-making.

If you are interested, you can learn more and register online at www.WintersetSaveOurStreams.eventbrite.com, visit the Izaak Walton League of America website www.iwla.org/sos, or email SOS Coordinator Zach Moss at [email protected].

There are several Iowa Forestry Field Days coming up this month, and a couple aren't too far from Madison County:- Oct. ...
10/07/2019
Iowa Forestry Field Days

There are several Iowa Forestry Field Days coming up this month, and a couple aren't too far from Madison County:
- Oct. 15 at Stephens State Forest in Lucas County
- Oct. 24 near Altoona in Polk County

The Iowa Forestry Field Days program is sponsored in cooperation with the local Department of Natural Resources' District Forester, County Extension Office, and frequently with the County Conservation Board. The program is intended to serve private woodland owners, public land managers, forestry con...

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
10/02/2019

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

With all the rain we've had, now's a good time to check out the Daily Erosion Project's Interactive Map.

You can see estimates for precipitation, runoff, and erosion for HUC 12 watersheds across the state (and beyond).

www.dailyerosion.org/

Thanks to everyone who made the Soil Health Workshop on September 24, 2019 a success!  Our sponsors: Iowa Corn, Madison ...
10/01/2019

Thanks to everyone who made the Soil Health Workshop on September 24, 2019 a success!

Our sponsors: Iowa Corn, Madison County Farm Bureau, Hy-Vee and Midwest Heritage Bank, and Conservation Districts of Iowa; our speaker: NRCS Soil Health Specialist Doug Peterson; our local farmer panelists: Jon Peterson, James Baur, and Randy Gamble; and the 86 people who attended!

Thanks to everyone who made the Soil Health Workshop on September 24, 2019 a success!

Our sponsors: Iowa Corn, Madison County Farm Bureau, Hy-Vee and Midwest Heritage Bank, and Conservation Districts of Iowa; our speaker: NRCS Soil Health Specialist Doug Peterson; our local farmer panelists: Jon Peterson, James Baur, and Randy Gamble; and the 86 people who attended!

09/27/2019
Aggregate Stability Test at Soil Health Workshop

NRCS Soil Health Specialist Doug Peterson (with the help of I-35 students) demonstrated the aggregate stability test (aka slake test) at the Soil Health Workshop in Winterset on September 24, 2019.

This demonstration shows how management plays a key role in the aggregate stability of soils (these were the same soil type). The difference is management: conventional tillage (left) vs. long-term no-till (right).

Field day coming up in a couple weeks, just across the county line :)
09/27/2019

Field day coming up in a couple weeks, just across the county line :)

Don't forget about our upcoming Cover Crop Field day happening this Wednesday at 10:00 AM. It will be a great learning experience! Call the Union County Extension Office at 641-782-8426 or Dixie at 641-782-4218 with questions!

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
09/26/2019

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Join volunteers across the state to lend a hand on public land!

We're having a Volunteer Day at Badger Creek on Saturday morning - we'll be cutting woody vegetation and picking up litter at Badger Creek State Recreation Area (east side).

Saturday is the Iowa Department of Natural Resources' Iowa State Parks* Volunteer Day. Badger Creek is not a state park, but the State Recreation Area is managed as part of the park system, which will be celebrating its centennial in 2020!

The Soil Health Workshop is underway and we’ve got a good crowd!
09/24/2019

The Soil Health Workshop is underway and we’ve got a good crowd!

We had a nice evening for the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council's Pasture Tour & Field Day hosted by Justin and Corinne ...
09/18/2019

We had a nice evening for the Iowa Forage and Grassland Council's Pasture Tour & Field Day hosted by Justin and Corinne Rowe (Rowe's Red Cows) last night! Good weather, good turnout, and good discussion!

We welcome Jodi Hitz as the new project coordinator for the North Thompson River Water Quality Project!To learn more abo...
09/18/2019

We welcome Jodi Hitz as the new project coordinator for the North Thompson River Water Quality Project!

To learn more about the watershed, visit: http://madison-swcd.org/north_thompson_river.html

Adair County welcomes Mrs. Jodi Hitz as the new North Thompson Watershed Project Coordinator. Jodi shares: "I graduated from Iowa State University with a master's degree in Animal Nutrition with a focus on grazing management. After graduation, I worked with Iowa State Extension for 7 years with the Cow Herd Improvement Program. Recently, I've worked for the Union County Soil & Water Conservation District doing planning for CRP, cover crops, checking watershed structures, and as coordinator of the 12-Mile Lake Watershed Project. I live by Creston with my husband, three boys, a small cow herd, and a menagerie of other animals. I will be working three days a week on the North Thompson and am based out of the Creston NRCS office. I look forward to getting out and meeting everyone in the watershed. If anyone has questions or areas of concern on their farm, please feel free to stop by the Greenfield, Winterset, or Creston SWCD offices or give me a call in Creston SWCD at 641-782-4218 (x3)

Robert Taylor, project coordinator for the North Thompson River Water Quality Project, retired last week - we thank him ...
09/18/2019

Robert Taylor, project coordinator for the North Thompson River Water Quality Project, retired last week - we thank him for his efforts in the North Thompson River Watershed, and wish him well!

The North Thompson River Water Quality Project will continue (stay tuned for next post) - if you'd like to learn more about the watershed, visit: http://madison-swcd.org/north_thompson_river.html

Robert Taylor is retiring from the position of North Thompson Watershed Coordinator for the Adair, Madison and Union counties SWCD offices. Robert has been a part of the Adair County SWCD for many years as a federal technician, and after his retirement, he came back to Adair SWCD for the past year as the North Thompson Watershed Coordinator. Robert's skills and experiences have always been a great asset to our office and our customers. As Robert retires from the NTWS Coordinator position and hands off the responsibilities and workload to Jodi Hitz, the new NTWS Coordinator, the commissioners, staff and others wish him the best for his future days.

09/17/2019

The Madison County SWCD Commissioners Monthly Meeting has been changed to 8:00am tomorrow (Wednesday, September 18th).

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project
09/17/2019
Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project

"Farmer Health & Opioid/Suicide Prevention" is today's theme for National Farm Safety & Health Week, so we wanted to share this resource for those experiencing tough times:

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Winterset, IA
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Tuesday 08:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 08:00 - 16:30
Thursday 08:00 - 16:30
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