Minnesota Farm Bill Assistance Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
BWSR
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2011
Activity Type
Grants/Contracts
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
Becker
Big Stone
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Cottonwood
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2009, Chp. 143, Sec. 2, Subd. 04i
Appropriation Language

$1,000,000 is from the trust fund to the Board of Water and Soil Resources to provide funding for technical staff to assist in the implementation provisions of conservation programs including the federal farm bill conservation programs. Documentation must be provided on the number of landowner contacts, program participation, federal dollars leveraged, quantifiable criteria, and measurement of the improvements to water quality and habitat.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$67,500
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

Enrollment of private lands in conservation programs can provide important natural resource and other public benefits by taking the lands out of production so that they can provide various wildlife and ecological benefits. This appropriation is enabling Minnesota's Board of Soil and Water Resources to provide grants to local soil and water conservation districts for employment of technical staff to assist private landowners in implementing conservation programs. This effort is expected to assist with the enrollment, retention, and management of 50,000 private acres of grasslands and wetlands in conservation programs, particularly in areas expected to lose enrollments in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Overall Project Outcome and Results
A joint effort of MN Board of Water and Soil Resources, MN Dept. of Natural Resources, MN Pheasants Forever, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the focus was acceleration of technical assistance to private landowners for enrollment in federal USDA conservation programs as they relate to grassland and wetland resources. This effort provided 16 full time equivalents at the field level with a goal to establish or restore 50,000 ac. of grassland and wetlands during the 2 year period ending June 1, 2011. This goal was exceeded with a total enrollment of 69,081 acres resulting in $79,000,000 of USDA program payments coming to MN landowners for implementing conservation practices on their land. Efforts of this project will continue for at least another 2 years under new funding from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and partner agency contributions.

Project Results Use and Dissemination
Overall project results and its impact can be found in the Minnesota Conservation Lands Summary table found at http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/easements/COENROL_083111.pdf.

Project Details
Project Manager
First Name
Tabor
Last Name
Hoek
Organization Name
Board of Water and Soil Resources
Street Address
520 Lafayette Rd N
City
St. Paul
State
MN
Zip Code
55155
Phone
507-537-7260
Email
tabor.hoek@state.mn.us