Lake Protection Grant
On April 15, 2018, Dunn County Land and Water Conservation Division (LWCD) was awarded a Lake Protection Grant from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to fund the Red Cedar Soil Health Education and Outreach Initiative. This report summarizes all progress completed by the Dunn County LWCD from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.
Learn the soil health basics, receive a soil health testing kit and get trained on how to use the kit to compare the soil health of different fields in your farming operation!
Get your soil health questions answered! Training topics include:
- How increasing intensification impacts soil properties
- What do Cornell and Haney assessments actually mean?
- What do we know about soil biology and soil health?
- What to look for below the surface
- What soil health practices really work in Wisconsin?
OVERALL OBJECTIVE: Establish several demonstration farms in Dunn County on which local producers will try any number and variety of BMPs, such as cover crops, reduced or no tillage, and nutrient management, all in effort to demonstrate the efficacy of such practices on their farm in terms of water infiltration, reduced runoff, cost-effectiveness, and reduced phosphorus inputs to local water bodies.
Dunn County is sponsoring a two-year project to hire a Soil Health Specialist and promote soil heath practices via demonstration farms and education activities in the Red Cedar Watershed portion of Dunn County.
Specific project activities include:
1. Establishing a Soil Health Specialist position
2. Establishing 2 demonstration farms
3. Soil Health education events at demo farms
4. Soil sampling
5. Outreach & education
Project deliverables include a position description for the Soil Health Specialist, any maps and associated GIS files produced, soil testing results, copies of educational materials and presentations developed, and a final report.