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Gabe Johnson 2017 intern

Click here to learn more about internships through the NRCS Pathways Program.

Diane Retirement

J. D. Schurers Award

Congratulations Tim Palmer, elected First Vice President of NACD

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Thanks to Chrystal Patten

A Week in the Life of an NRCS Pathways Intern in Madison County

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award

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Phesants Forever habitat conservation winners

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at the 2016 Madison County Fair!

More information at www.madisoncountyfair.net


Partnering for Conservation

Multiple Benefits Field Day

Commissioner Frederick Martens, the Badger Creek Lake Watershed Project, and Practical Farmers of Iowa hosted a field day on June 15th. Click here to read more about the event!

Welcome Dwight Honnold to the SWCD Board of Commissioners

Tim Palmer, Recipent of the 2014 NACD President's Award

“Tim Palmer is an individual with the ability to provide leadership on the national level in support of our conservation efforts in America and it territories,” said NACD President Earl Garber. “Even as he works hard to maintain his family farming operation at home, he always finds time to provide conservation leadership to his local neighbors, Iowa state producers and nationally with his tireless work as part of NACD leadership team.” Read the full article here.

Iowa Farm Environment Leader
Congratulations to Madison County Award Recipients!

Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards were presented August 13 at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.

Pictured (left to right): Chuck Gipp, Director of Iowa DNR; J.D. and Kristine Schreurs; Pat and Laura Lynch; Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Tim Palmer; Mary Kathryn and Lester Bigelow; Governor Terry Branstad.

Renowned grazier Jim Gerrish
visits Madison County for workshop

Over 50 people toured Justin Rowe’s farm the evening of Tuesday, August 19th as part of an all-day grazing workshop led by grazing consultant and author Jim Gerrish. After discussing the importance of rotational grazing, water and fence development, plant diversity and forage vigor, participants enjoyed dinner sponsored by Rowe Farms and prepared by Madison County Cattlemen.

Gerrish Grazing Workshop

Martens Wetland Ceremony
The ceremony for the new Martens CREP wetland was held in the barn owned by Jenny & Ron McBroom. The CREP wetland is the head of the Badger Creek watershed, and this site will protect the watershed.

Tim Palmer, Bill Nothey, Mike Kocj, Frederick Martens
(left to right) Tim Palmer, SWCD Commissioner; Bill Nothey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture; Mike Koch, SWCD Commissioner; Frederick Martens, SWCD Commissioner.

(left to right) Fred Martens, Bryan Martens, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Nothey, Rita Martens, Helen Martens, Frederick Martens.