Local work group meeting: June 8, 9 a.m., Log Cabin at the Kandiyohi Fairgrounds. Join the Kandiyohi Soil, Water and Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service for "Conservation, Coffee & Conversation." Formally known as the local work group meeting, this meeting is a locally led process that provides the U.S. Department of Agriculture with input on local natural resources priorities and criteria for the U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs and activities. It also provides information to the SWCD and the NRCS to know what areas are the top natural resources concerns, and priorities to better fit funding priorities at a local standpoint. If you have any questions, please call the Kandiyohi SWCD at 320-235-3540, extension 3.
Youth fishing clinic: June 12, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Willmar Civic Center. Little Crow Anglers and Willmar Parks and Recreation present a free clinic for youth. Learn about the different types of fish, boat safety, casting, lines and knots and more. Register online with Willmar Parks and Recreation. Click on "Registration," then look for "special events" under youth recreation, and use the code "fishing."
Backyard Birdhouses:6 to 7 p.m., June 16, display garden, University of Minnesota's West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Learn the various specifications of birdhouses for chickadees, wrens, bluebirds, wood ducks and tree swallows — and learn why they need different types of houses to meet their shelter and nesting needs, the best place to put your birdhouses, and what you can do to protect the nesting birds from predators. Bring along your binoculars for an evening of bird watching in the Horticulture Display Garden.
Presented by Dr. Margaret Kuchenreuther, associate professor of biology at the University of Minnesota Morris. She teaches courses in ecology, conservation biology and plant systematics and conducts research on prairie restoration and management. In her spare time, she is an avid gardener and bird watcher.
Registration is required upon arrival. Class size limited to the first 25 people; first-come, first-served. Social distancing and masks required. This "Come Grow with Us" class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.
Conservation practices cost share: The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District has cost share available for structural and nonstructural conservation practices. Landowners may receive up to 75% cost share on certain practices, including pollinator plantings, field windbreaks, well sealings, cover crops, wetland restorations, sediment control structures, rain gardens and more. Call the Kandiyohi SWCD at 320-235-3540, extension 3.
Cover crop cost share: Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District and Hawk Creek Watershed Project are offering cost-share for cover crops planted between April 1 and Sept. 15. Up to 75% of costs to plant cover crops (e.g. seed, labor, equipment use, seed incorporation) with a maximum payment of $2,000 per farmer per year with a maximum of three years of cost-share through this program. To qualify for the cost-share program, you must sign a cost-share contract, use a seed mix with at least three different species pre-approved by Renville SWCD, turn in all seed tags, and pass a field inspection by a Renville SWCD employee. For more information, call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550, ext. 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.