Swift County SWCD has a variety of services to offer. Landowners and
operators can receive one stop shopping for all their conservation
needs……from engineering and designing conservation practices
to assisting in farm planning and implementing tree and grass plantings.
The SWCD has engineering staff available at the area level to survey
and design plans for waterways, terraces, ag waste management systems,
sediment basins, diversions and other practices.
The SWCD can help install tree planting for shelterbelts, riparian
buffers, wildlife plantings, direct hardwood seeding, field windbreaks
and living snow fences. A grass drill is available for landowners
with native grass plantings to be seeded for CRP and other programs.
is a Conservation District?
the early 1930s, along with the greatest depression this nation ever
experienced, came an equally unparalleled ecological disaster known
as the Dust Bowl. Following a severe and sustained drought in the
Great Plains, the region's soil began to erode and blow away, creating
huge black dust storms that blotted out the sun and swallowed the
countryside. Thousands of "dust refugees" left the black
fog to seek better lives.
But the storms stretched across the nation. They reached south to
Texas and east to New York. Dust even sifted into the White House
and onto the desk of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
On Capitol Hill, while testifying about the erosion problem, soil
scientist Hugh Hammond Bennett threw back the curtains to reveal a
sky blackened by dust. Congress unanimously passed legislation declaring
soil and water conservation a national policy and priority. Since
about three-fourths of the continental United States is privately
owned, Congress realized that only active, voluntary support from
landowners would guarantee the success of conservation work on private
In 1937, President Roosevelt wrote the governors of all the states
recommending legislation that would allow local landowners to form
soil conservation districts.