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Conservation Success Stories


Meet some of the many Minnesota farmers who practice good stewardship. Learn how they’ve made conservation programs and practices work on their farms while solving environmental challenges.

Farms Turning Wild 
Upland sandpipers nest right in a soybean field in southwest Minnesota, thanks to ridge till and cover crop methods fine-tuned with help from an MDA Sustainable Agriculture Grant, while nearby filter strips enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program harbor other wildlife and protect water quality.

Reduced Tillage Method Brings Benefits 
An Olmsted County farmer finds improved soil and comparable yields using the Rawson (zone) tillage system and improves fencing and watering for his beef herd with help from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

For information about the conservation programs and practices mentioned in the above success stories, see Conservation Opportunities.

MDA Contact

Bob Patton, Supervisor of the Energy and Environment Section
bob.patton@state.mn.us, 651-201-6226 or 1-800-967-2474

Ag Marketing & Development Division