Northern Country Cooperative’s Jeff Irvin (center) and Nathan Augustine (right) receive recognition as Mower SWCD’s 2021 Outstanding Conservationist of the Year during the Mower County Fair’s opening ceremonies in Austin. Mower SWCD district manager Justin Hanson (left) honored the co-op at the event.

Northern Country honored for conservation efforts

Mower SWCD awards area cooperative with annual distinction

Mower SWCD soil scientist Steve Lawler (left) works with other researchers in June 2019 on wells for testing nitrate levels in groundwater on Northern Country Cooperative’s “Sustainable Answer Acre” site just west of the village of Lansing on Mower County Road 2.
Mower SWCD’s drone view of Northern Country Cooperative’s Sustainable Answer Acre site in fall 2019. The coop’s elevators in Lansing are in the background.

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.