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 resources. What is a Soil & Water Conservation District?

Soil & 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 Conservation District.

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.

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 Agriculture’s 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 Soil Conservationist, a District Manager and two District Technicians.

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.

Haying needs can be reduced with a fescue stockpiling program.

A good forage farmer is a perpetual student.

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.

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 we offer.

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