"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.
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.
We want to congratulate the Halbur family as our 2023 Conservationist of the year!
Gene and Linda Halbur, daughter Danielle, son in law, David, and grandkids Brantley, Sawyer, and Malachi all live by Jasper, MN. They operate a corn and soybean farm as well as a small cow/calf herd with some pasture. Over the years they have implemented conservation practices such as no-till, cover crops, grassed waterways, tree plantings, and manure management. Recently MN Ag Water Quality Certified, Eugene wants to credit the SWCD staff and their soil health assessment program for convincing him to make the transition to no-till. He has been quite pleased with his decision and has plans to work with his son-in-law, David, to keep these changes moving forward into the next farming generation.
Second Vice President Ian Cunningham owns and operates a fifth-generation family farm, Cunningham Family Farm, LLC, with his son Richard just outside of Pipestone, Minn. An NACD Soil Health Champion, Cunningham was an early adopter of soil health practices like cover crops, no-till and strip till.
Cunningham is a district supervisor for Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District in the southwest corner of the state and has served on the board since 1999. He climbed the ranks of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD), serving as area secretary-treasurer, area co-director, area director, state board member, vice president and president of the state association. Cunningham first became involved with NACD as a member of the board of directors in 2012. He served on the district outlook task force, the farm bill task force, and served as chairman of the association’s legislative committee. Most recently, Cunningham served as the North Central Region Representative on NACD’s executive board.
In addition to his previous work on the Couteau des Prairie Resource Conservation and Development Council and his leadership at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center, Cunningham remains an active member in his community, serving on the Pipestone Area Community Foundation board of directors and as a member of the Al Opland Singers since 1988.