On June 5, Dean Dambroten, HCWP Field Technician, and Holly Hatlewick, Renville SWCD District Administrator, were guests on KWLM's Conservation Conversations Program. They discussed the cover crop and reduced tillage cost share programs, preventative planting, and upcoming events. Click below to listen.
Pioneer Public Television
On July 26, HCWP Technician Jordan Austin, Citizen Monitor Brad Froland, and MPCA's Forrest Peterson met with the Prairie Sportsman crew to film a segment on Citizen Water Monitoring. This data is used to assess the health of water bodies and help with annual reports about the water quality of Minnesota’s lakes and streams. Click on the following link to view the whole segment which aired on February 24.
On February 6, Heidi Rauenhorst, HCWP Coordinator, was a guest on KWLM's Conservation Conversations Program. She discussed recent HCWP activities and upcoming events. Click below to listen.
Reduced Tillage and Cover Crops Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
See the agenda below.
Thank you to everyone that attended the reduced tillage and cover crops field day on September 14, 2018. Thank you to all of the local farmers that allowed us to visits their fields and shared their experience and knowledge with us.
RSVP by Monday, September 10
HCWP's 16th Annual Information and Appreciation Meeting February 28, 2018
Thank you to all of the speakers who presented at our 16th Annual Information and Appreciation Meeting at the Renville Community Center.
Cover Crop and Reduced Tillage Meeting February 21, 2018
HCWP and the Renville County SWCD hosted soil health meeting at the Renville Community Center on February 21, 2018. Thank you to all of the presenters!
HCWP Public Meeting Monday, November 27, 2017 at the Event Center in MAYNARD
See the agenda below.
Cover Crop Field Day September 20, 2017
Over 55 people attended the field day to learn about cover crops and reduced tillage/no-till. We visited Dave Wordes' fields south of Renville and Brad Nere and Kyle VanOverbeke's fields south of Danube to see how they are making cover crops work.
Benefits of Cover Crops Meeting June 29, 2017
Over 75 people attended the meeting to learn more about cover crops and reduced tillage/no-till. A panel of local producers answered audience questions on how they make cover crops and reduced tillage/no-till work.
Women's Conservation Legacy Workshop May 16, 2017
Women are increasingly becoming sole landowners, as they inherit farmland from family members or spouses. It is projected that women may own 75% of farmland by 2030 (Kohl 1999). Women conservationists from local and state agencies presented this free workshop to provide an opportunity for women landowners to learn more about conservation and other land management topics, such as communicating effectively with family members and land tenants, improving soil health and water quality on your land, and financial resources available. Wind and rain simulators were also presented to demonstrate soil health and erosion.
15th Annual Hawk Creek Watershed Information and Appreciation Meeting February 22, 2017
This year the meeting was held at the Renville Community Center. Topics covered were Hawk Creek Watershed Project updates, cover crops, herbicides, weed control, sources of drinking water in the Hawk Creek Watershed, and nitrates in drainage water in Minnesota. Thank you to our presenters Lizabeth Stahl, Amanda Strommer, and Brad Carlson.
Cover Crop Field Day September 23, 2016
The field day was located at Dambroten Farms' cover crop test plot and also had soil pits and a rain simulator.
Benefits of Cover Crops Meeting June 29, 2016
The meeting had soil health presentations and a panel discussion with the Renville County SWCD and several local seed suppliers.
14th Annual Hawk Creek Watershed Information and Appreciation Meeting February 24, 2016
We had a full house for this year's meeting with presentations on tillage and the carbon cycle, soil health, honey bees, and the annual HCWP update. Thank you to Don Reicosky with the University of Minnesota, Holly Hatlewick with the USDA NRCS, and Gary S. Rueter with the University of Minnesota for sharing their knowledge with us. Click here to view the HCWP update from this year's annual meeting.
13th Annual Hawk Creek Watershed Information and Appreciation Meeting February 25, 2015
This year's presentation topics covered erosion control practices in the Minnesota River Basin, Discovery Farms-Minnesota, climate trends and consequences, and an HCWP update. Thank you to Ryan Jones of South Central Technical Service Area, George Rehm of Discovery Farms-Minnesota, and Mark Seeley of University of Minnesota for finding time in their busy schedules to present at our meeting and share their knowledge with us. Click here to view the HCWP update at this year's annual meeting.
12th Annual Hawk Creek Watershed Information and Appreciation Meeting March 7, 2014
We had a great turnout to listen to some informative presentations on soil health, aquatic invasive species, and the 2014 Farm Bill. Thank you to Jodi DeJong-Hughes with the University of Minnesota Extension, Nick Brown with the MN Department of Natural Resources, and Wes Nelson with the Kandiyohi Co. Farm Service Agency for finding time in their busy schedules to present at our meeting and share their knowledge with us.
HCWP Involvement and Activities
Community involvement is an essential part of improving the water quality in the Hawk Creek Watershed. HCWP has many activities to educate, involve, and encourage participation of those that live, work, and enjoy the Hawk Creek Watershed to make meaningful contributions to improving our water quality.
We conduct a Citizen Monitoring Network consisting of several volunteers who track precipitation amounts and stream and lake conditions within the Hawk Creek Watershed. Thank you to all of our volunteers for your hard work! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Jordan at (320)523-3666.
We hold regular public meetings, usually in Clara City. We hold an annual appreciation and information meeting, usually in Willmar in late February or early March. Please see the Calendar page for more information about dates, times, and locations.
We also participate in several events and activities with local schools and organizations. Please contact us if you would like us to present to your organization or be involved in your events and activities.
Mark your calendars for the next soil health, cover crops, and reduced tillage meeting on February 18.
More details to come soon.