conservation connections

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This new project amplifies outreach of conservation programs and resources to historically underserved farmers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Through workshops, field days, webinars, and personal connections, Conservation Connections taps into a team of seasoned and experienced farmers serving as Connectors, linking underserved farmers to resources within the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Historically underserved farmer groups include African Americans, Asian, Latino, Indigenous, veterans and beginning farmers.

Conservation Connections is led by Renewing the Countryside in partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association.

Upcoming events and outreach:

Conservation Connections: 
A Beginning Farmers Guide to Conservation Support,
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Are you a new farmer interested in accessing resources to create a more successful farm business while benefiting the land? Join us for an informational introductory webinar on support from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) including funding opportunities such as the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)  and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP).  

Two options available, based on if you live in Minnesota or Wisconsin with area farmers sharing their NRCS program experience along with next steps to connect with resources in your state.

Minnesota:  Wed. January 13, 2021;  1 pm CST (link to registration link)

Wisconsin:  Thurs. January 14, 2021;  1 pm CST. (link to registration link)

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Beginning farmers outside of Minnesota and Wisconsin are welcome to join.  While the general information is applicable nationally, case studies and questions will focus on these two states.

The webinar will be recorded with a link sent to those registered.


Emerging Farmers Conference

Wed. Jan. 27; 5 pm
Informational session at the featuring personal farmer stories and advice on tapping in to NRCS resources. The full conference is free for farmers to attend and offers a variety of workshops January 26 through January 30.

Outreach Coordinator Team



John Beaton

Fairhaven Farm
Saginaw, MN


Sarah Lindblom

Solar Fresh Produce CSA
Buffalo, MN


Jared Luhman

Sustainable Farming Association
Goodhue, MN


Moses Momanyi

Dawn2Dusk Farm
Cambridge Minnesota


Brett Olson

Renewing the Countryside
Zumbro Falls, MN


Noreen Thomas

Doubting Thomas Farm
Moorhead, MN


Dan Zimmerli

Cedar Crate Farm
Kasota, MN


Kathy Zeman

Simple Harvest Farm Organics
Nerstrand, MN





Mariann Holm

Holm Girls Dairy
Elk Mound, WI



Kirsten Jurcek

Brattsett Family Farm
Jefferson, WI


Lisa Kivirist

Renewing the Countryside
Browntown, WI


Robert Pierce

Half the 40 Acres
Fitchburg, WI

Helpful NRCS links:

List of local NRCS offices.


Minnesota & Wisconsin State Directories;

These links provides MN and WI directories (by administrative area & offices) and a office list (by county & office).  There are also maps available on this link showing administrative areas and customers service teams for each state.