Rock County Land Management

The Rock County Land Management Office in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service will convene a local work group meeting to provide guidance and discuss local resource conservation concerns and NRCS programs in the county. The next meeting will be 8 a.m. Monday, June 20, at the...
Buffer legislation enacted last year will go into effect Nov. 1, 2017, and farmers are taking steps now to put those provisions in place. Arlyn Gehrke spelled out the details of the legislation at the Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers meeting March 31 in Luverne. In his opening remarks, he...
This Star Herald file photo shows the need for a buffer strip between the field and river.
Gov. Mark Dayton introduced legislation last year to mandate vegetative buffer strips along waterways in an effort to clean up Minnesota’s notoriously impaired waters. Ever since those details have emerged, farm groups have pushed back vigorously, especially on the piece of legislation that...
For the next five years the Rock County Land Management Office will focus resources and efforts on a single watershed management plan. On Jan. 19 the Rock County Board extended the comprehensive water management plan until 2021 with an understanding that local Soil and Water Conservation District...
Land-applying livestock manure in winter requires much greater attention to locations and weather. The main concern comes from insufficient incorporation into the soil and runoff from frozen and snow-covered soil. For large livestock farms with state or federal operating permits (NPDES or SDS...
In a joint effort with the Minnesota Geological Survey (MGS), Rock County will soon know where all its residential wells are located and what measures should be taken to protect the water quality of those wells. Rock County entered into an agreement with the University of Minnesota College of...
How water moves around and through the Rock County Demolition Debris Landfill will receive an in-depth look as required by the state’s permit renewal process. County commissioners recently hired Melanie Niday, a hydrogeologist with Short Elliot Henderson Inc., St. Cloud, for $13,450. Niday will...
Dennis and Benji Kellenberger will double the size of their swine operation within a mile of Steen city limits, thanks to Rock County Board approval on Sept. 8. The father and son operation will increase their existing feedlot from 720 animal units to 1,440 just south of Steen in Section 32 of...
Rock County Land Management (LMO) will move its offices to an area that’s familiar for its office personnel. At their Tuesday, June 16, meeting, County Board members approved moving LMO operations to space within the Rock County Ag Service Center at 311 W. Gabrielson Road. According to board...
Commissioners will advocate area legislators to set deadlines for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) to respond to the permitting requests. Six years after the Rock County Land Management Office submitted an application to renew its state permit, MPCA officials last week stated the...

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