NRCS – USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
NRCS assists the local Soil and Water Conservation District with the application of soil conservation, water conservation, water quality and wildlife habitat practices for all land owners in Morrison County.  Common conservation practices in Morrison County include terraces, water & sediment control basins, grassed waterways, Ag waste storage structures and windbreaks.
                                                                  Terry Zapzalka                   Carrie Miller                          Josh Hanson
                                                             Soil Conservationist     Soil Conservation Technician     District Conservationist     

CLICK on NRCS staff name to email them directly or call at (320) 616-6606 x-102




FEDERAL PROGRAMS:  <<< CLICK on each to be routed to USDA website >>>


AMA – Agricultural Management Assistance 

The Agricultural Management Assistance (AMA) provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations.


AWEP – Agricultural Water Enhancement Program –

The Agricultural Water Enhancement Program (AWEP) was a voluntary conservation initiative that provided financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to implement agricultural water enhancement activities on agricultural land to conserve surface and ground water and improve water quality. 


AQI – Air Quality Initiative 

The NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Air Quality Initiative provides financial assistance to implement conservation practices that address air resource issues for designated locations throughout the nation. Agricultural atmospheric related concerns include greenhouse gas emissions, ozone precursors, volatile organic compounds, airborne particulate matter, and some odor-related volatile compounds.


CCPI – Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative –

The Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative (CCPI) is a voluntary conservation initiative that enables the use of certain conservation programs along with resource of eligible partners to provide financial and technical assistance to owners and operators of agricultural and non-industrial private forest lands.


CIG – Conservation Innovation Grants 

Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) are competitive grants that stimulate the development and adoption of innovative approaches and technologies for conservation on agricultural lands. CIG uses Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) funds to award competitive grants to non-Federal governmental or nongovernmental organizations, American Indian Tribes, or individuals. Producers involved in CIG funded projects must be EQIP eligible.


CRP – Conservation Reserve Program –

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides technical and financial assistance to eligible farmers and ranchers to address soil, water, and related natural resource concerns on their lands in an environmentally beneficial and cost-effective manner. The program provides assistance to farmers and ranchers in complying with Federal, State, and tribal environmental laws, and encourages environmental enhancement. The program is funded through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency, with NRCS providing technical land eligibility determinations, conservation planning and practice implementation.


CSP – Conservation Stewardship Program –

The Conservation Stewardship Program helps agricultural producers maintain and improve their existing conservation systems and adopt additional conservation activities to address priority resources concerns. Participants earn CSP payments for conservation performance – the higher the performance, the higher the payment.


EQUIP – Environmental Quality Improvement Program –

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers to plan and implement conservation practices that improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related natural resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. EQIP may also help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal, and local environmental regulations.


EWP – Emergency Watershed Protection Program –

The purpose of the Emergency Watershed Protection Program (EWP) was established by Congress to respond to emergencies created by natural disasters. The EWP Program is designed to help people and conserve natural resources by relieving imminent hazards to life and property caused by floods, fires, drought, windstorms, and other natural occurrences. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) administers the EWP Program; EWP-Recovery, and EWP–Floodplain Easement (FPE).


WHIP – Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program –

The Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) was a voluntary program for conservation-minded landowners who wanted to develop and improve wildlife habitat on agricultural land, non-industrial private forest land, and Indian land.



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>>>> CLICK HERE to view/print Contractors List


>>>> CLICK HERE to view/print MN Native Grass Seed Suppliers List


>>>> CLICK HERE to view/print Tree Planters / Contractors List

The above 3 lists are area Contractors, Seed Suppliers & Planters who have indicated an interest in being available for conservation practices.  For your convenience, we are making these names available to you, the landowner.  However, we do not endorse any contractor over another.  We will be happy to work with the contractor of your choice to ensure that the conservation plan is followed according to specifications.
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The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
NACD_Dig_Final_logoare placing a renewed emphasis on soil health.  As children get ready to go back to school, SWCDs will also be thinking about public outreach and conservation activities for children of all ages.  The following information includes resources and ideas that you may find helpful as you plan outreach activities in our community…….  










Download the “Dig Deeper: Mysteries of the Soil” conservation district logo for your own local use:

Review NACD’s list of resources for a number of topics and information on outdoor classrooms, displays, presentations and more:

The resources on this soil health section of the NRCS website are designed to help visitors understand the basics and benefits of soil health – and to learn about Soil Health Management Systems from farmers who are using those systems.  So, whether you’re a farmer, a researcher, a conservationist or an interested citizen, the information on this site will help you “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil.”:

NRCS unveiled its new Teachers and Students webpage, home to age-appropriate scholastic resources.  These tools are designed to help students learn about soil, water, air, plants and animals and what we can all do to protect those resources: