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Welcome!

Foster County Soil Conservation District is here to promote soil, water, and resource conservation by offering technical, financial, informational, and educational assistance and opportunities to the people of Foster County.

Check out our programs and services.  Get in touch with us if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you are interested in participating in any of our programs.

HELP WANTED

SUMMER TREE PLANTING CREW
Duties will include hand-planting trees, mechanical tree planting, weed barrier application, tree shelter installation, and weeding of tree rows.  Majority of work will be outdoors.  Work will begin in May and can extend into the end of July, depending on workload and ground conditions.  Starting pay at $16 per hour with incentives for workers who stay the entire summer term.  Monday through Friday work week with occasional weekends as needed. Age minimum of 14 years.

SEASONAL TECHNICIAN
Will assist with tree planting duties including mechanical planting, weed barrier installation, tree shelter installation. Would also assist in tree care, tree orders, tree sales, grass planting, and tree ocunts.  Tractor driving experience preferred but not necessary.  Candidate will have to be available for work in early May and be at least 18 years of age.  Starting pay is $18 per hour with incentives for staying the entire summer term.  Monday through Friday work with occasional weekends as needed.

For more information or to get an application,
contact Foster County SCD office at
USDA Service Center, 6720 Hwy 200, Carrington, ND 58421
or call:  701-652-2551 ext 123
or email:  easton.brown@nd.nacdnet.net

NDSU Extension Information on Dealing with Winter Weather
in the NDSU Ag Hub - Click on the link above

Two Workshops Upcoming
To be held at National Energy Center of Excellence, Bismarck State College
Both events are free, but registration is required by Feb. 15
Livestream will also be available
2023 Grazing Summit: Returning Ruminants to the Northern Plains
Wednesday, March 1
9 AM to 7:30 PM (including social and supper)

Register at Grazing Summit-Event Brite
More information and registration also available at
www.menokenfarm.com or by calling 701-250-4518 ext. 3

 
2023 Farming and Ranching for the Bottom Line
Thursday, March 2
9 AM to 4:00 PM 

Register at Bottom Line-Event Brite
More information and registration link also available at
www.area4farm.org

 
2017 Dust Storm
Not the Dirty Thirties, Spring of 2017!!
Enderlin dust storm

Photo: Storm Tracker Weather

ValleyCity dust storm

Photo: Bev Nessler

These photos were taken spring of 2017, showing that soil erosion is still a threat to our farmland.  These sights have been repeated more than once since then.  See the  "News and Information" page for photos from the dust storm of March 29-30, 2021.  Parts of eastern North Dakota have lost over half of their topsoil since 1964.  

"Most of what we call topsoil today is a mixture of the remains of the original higher organic matter topsoil mixed through tillage with some subsurface horizon.  Loss of soil in millions of acres can be measured in feet over the past 120 years. Most lost soil...is going high into the air, and only a small amount lands in a roadside ditch." (Dave Franzen, NDSU)  For more information, see the video "The History of Soil Erosion in North Dakota" on YouTube.

There are things we can do to prevent sights like this.  Windbreaks that help decrease wind erosion are being removed and not replaced.  There are other practices as well that promote soil health and will also help decrease erosion, such as keeping the soil covered with vegetation or residue, minimizing soil disturbance, and keeping live roots in the soil for as long as possible with practices like cover crops.

When land does well for its owner, and the owner does well by his land; when both end up better by reason of their partnership, we have conservation. -- Aldo Leopold

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