"To Promote Conservation of Natural Resources through Education, Technical Assistance, & Stewardship."
The Conservation and Zoning office works jointly with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service to install conservation practices and provide technical assistance to producers who are willing to improve their operations and the land by eliminating pollution and runoff concerns.
The Pipestone Conservation and Zoning Office was created by the merger of the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District and Pipestone County Zoning & Environment office.
The Conservation & Zoning office is overseen by both the SWCD Board of Supervisors and the County Commissioners.
The Pipestone County Planning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on Monday, April 19th, at 5:00 p.m. in the Commissioner Room of the Pipestone County Courthouse or virtually by zoom for those who request.
The Hearing will consider the request by Novel DeRuyter Solar LLC to construct a 1-megawatt solar garden on approximately 8 acres of land owned by Jeff DeRuyter. The proposed site is located in the SE Quarter of Section 16, Aetna Township, (T-108-N, R-44-W) Pipestone County. Persons attending the public hearing will be given an opportunity to speak either in favor of or in opposition of the proposed conditional use permit.
If you have any questions, please contact the Pipestone County Zoning office at 507-825-1185.
We work together to Put Conservation Practices on the Ground by utilizing State Funds and working Directly with Local Producers/Landowners and Area Engineers.
Lots of discussion in the State of Minnesota has been revolving around Buffers to improve water quality in the state. If you are interested in learning more, contact our office or click on the link below.
This year Tom Griebel was chosen by the SWCD Board for the Conservation Farmer of the Year Award. Tom has implemented a number of conservation practices and has also been working to improve the soil health on his land! Tom is a great advocate for Conservation and plays a big role with the Pipestone County Farm Bureau.
WASHINGTON – Today, the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) Secretary-Treasurer Ian Cunningham testified before the U.S. House Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry about the importance of soil health practices. Cunningham owns and operates a fifth-generation family farm with his son in southwest Minnesota, producing corn, soybeans and beef cattle. “Soil health is a top priority across our 800-acre operation,” Cunningham said in written testimony to the subcommittee. “We have come to realize that healthy soil is the key to addressing many natural resource concerns. It is clear that healthy soil is the bedrock and should be the priority of our conservation efforts.” In his testimony, Cunningham emphasized the role of conservation districts in leading the nation’s producers to implement soil health conservation practices. “For a more successful uptake of soil health practices, producers need to be informed of the latest data and research, and this must come from a trusted local source,” he said. Cunningham described NACD’s soil health economics case studies, soil health and weather extremes report, Soil Health Champions Network and the work both local conservation districts and the national association accomplish to build soil health from the roots up. “If we are to continue to grow the food, fuel and fiber our nation and the world will need in the future, agriculture must continue to innovate and grow more with less, while making sure our natural resources are protected for future generations,” he said.
NACD Secretary - Treasurer Ian Cunningham