"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.
PUBLIC NOTICE APPEAL FOR A VARIANCE
Pipestone County Board of Adjustments
Notice is hereby given that on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. the Pipestone County Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing in the Commissioners Room at the Pipestone County Courthouse.
Adam LaBrune is requesting a Variance to construct a new dwelling that will be located less than the required 1,320 from the nearest feedlot. The proposed site is located in the Southwest Quarter of Section 26, Aetna Township (T-108-N and R-44-W) Pipestone County.
Persons attending the hearings will be given the opportunity to speak either for or against the variance appeal. Questions, call the County Conservation & Zoning Office: 507-825-1185
NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LIVESTOCK FEEDLOT PERMIT
Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. the Pipestone County Board of Commissioners will hold Public Meetings in the Commissioners Room at the Pipestone County Courthouse to hear input on the proposed construction/expansion of the following feedlots.
Veldhuizen Farms LLC. proposes the modification of the existing feedlot located in the SE Quarter of Section 20 in Burke Township, (T-106-N and R-44-W) Pipestone County. The existing feedlot consists of three total confinement barns with one above ground concrete manure storage pit and one below barn concrete manure storage pit, housing 2400 swine under 55 lbs. The proposed expansion will consist of the one additional total confinement barn with below barn concrete manure storage pit house an additional 2400 swine under 55 lbs. Following modifications, the site will house 4800 head of swine under 55 lbs. for a total of 240 animal units.
Veldhuizen Farms LLC. proposes the construction of a new feedlot located in the NE Quarter of Section 29 in Burke Township, (T-106-N and R-44-W) Pipestone County, Minnesota. The new feedlot will consist of a total confinement barn with a below barn concrete manure storage pit. The barn will house 2400 swine finishers for a total of 720 animal units.
Schulze Dairy LLC. proposes the modification of the existing feedlot located in the NE Quarter of Section 30 in Aetna Township, (T-108-N and R-44-W) Pipestone County. The existing feedlot consists of five total confinement barns with two concrete sand lanes and earthen manure storage basin, housing 400 mature dairy cows and 150 heifers. The proposed modification consists of the removal of one barn and construction of one new total confinement barn. Following modifications, the feedlot will house 400 mature dairy cows and 150 heifers for a total of 665 animal units.
Persons attending will be given the opportunity to speak. If you have any questions, please call the Pipestone County Conservation and Zoning Office at 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.
Looking for the latest news in Conservation? Each year we distribute bi-annual newsletters to rural residents. Every issue has detailed information on State and Federal programs, as well as information on the latest farming practices.
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