James Fett, Mower SWCD’s watershed technician, checks a CREP site’s native flowers July 24, 2019, in Dexter Township, east of Austin.

MN CREP signups continue in Mower

SWCD seeks more permanent conservation acres by Aug. 25

AUSTIN, Minn. — Thursday, July 25, 2019 — With increased payment rates and this season’s abnormally high rainfall, Mower County landowners are encouraged to apply for turning marginal cropland into permanent prairie and wetlands.

Roger Peterson, of Udolopho Township, hosts the MN CREP kickoff in Mower County in May 2017 on former cropland he converted to permanent, native prairie along the Cedar River through a previous CREP program.
Mower SWCD manager Justin Hanson (right) speaks March 13, 2019, about Steve Garbisch (blue shirt) being the first in Mower County to enroll marginal cropland into permanent prairie and wetlands through MN CREP. Mower SWCD board members also are shown. The Garbisch family now has enrolled land in CREP twice.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.