The mission of the Polk/Dallas
Field Office Service Area is to promote
the conservation, wise use and sustained
production of the soil, water and related
What is a Soil & Water Conservation District?
& Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), were
established in Missouri in 1943 from passage of
Senate Bill 80. The bill gives SWCD the
responsibility to provide technical information
to individuals and groups on methods of soil and
water conservation, and provide natural
resource inventory information on properties. All
114 counties in Missouri have a Soil & Water
Who Funds the SWCD?
Districts have no taxing authority. Funding is
provided in part by the Missouri Department of
Natural Resources from the 1/10th of 1% tax for
parks and soils. SWCD partners also assist in
funding for the operation expenses and compliment
our cost/share programs.
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the Polk County SWCD.
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about the Dallas County SWCD.
What is Polk County SWCD?
Polk County SWCD was formed in 1965 and is a
public body made up of citizens concerned with
the protection of our natural resources. It is
governed by a five-member board of directors
elected by county landowners and residents. This
board of directors, the District staff and the
District conservationist assigned by the U.S.
Department of Agricultures Natural
Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), develop
annual and long range plans that direct the
activities of the District.
What is Dallas County SWCD?
The Soil and Water Conservation District of
Dallas County was established November, 1969. The
purpose of the SWCD involves carrying out
programs concerned with the conservation,
improvement, and development of natural
resources; providing assistance in the planning
and application of conservation measures;
informing the citizens of the county of the
opportunities and programs available; and
remaining alert to problems that may arise.
The Board is comprised of four land-owners and
one representative from the Extension Service.
The Staff includes an NRCS Grassland Specialist, a District Manager, an Info-Ed
Coordinator, a District Technician, and a SALT projects manager.
Because Dallas County is mostly
pastureland and timberland, our main conservation
initiatives and cost share programs address
grazing systems, livestock water, cool season and
warm season grass establishment and management,
nutrient management, and riparian corridor
management. Two special projects address some of
these concerns in watersheds on the west and
north sides of our District.
Haying needs can be reduced with a fescue
Including legumes in a forage program
boosts protein and reduces endophyte
toxicity in fescue fields.
A raindrop is an explosive erosion agent
on bare soil.
A good forage farmer is a perpetual
Forage-based dairying enhances
profitability of Ozark dairies.
Rolling hills accent fertile bottomlands
and riparian corridors.
Please feel free to contact us
with any suggestions, comments or questions about
either our web page or the programs or services
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all its programs and activities on the basis of
race, color, national origin, gender, religion,
age, disability, political beliefs, sexual
orientation, and marital or family status. (Not
all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)
Persons with disabilities who require alternative
means for communication of program information
(Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should
contact USDAs TARGET Center at 202-720-2600
(voice and TDD).
To file a complaint of
discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of
Civil Rights, Room 326W, Whitten Building, 14th
and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC
20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and
U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency Region VII, through the Missouri
Department of Natural Resources, has provided
partial funding for this project Under Section
319 of the Clean Water Act.