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.
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SCD Hiring for Summer 2022
Tractor Driver, part-time seasonal. Duties will include custom planting of grass/cover crop with the district's no-till drill and tractor. The work schedule will be sporadic and is based on when and how many producers sign up for the service. Preferred applicant will have experience driving a tractor and small farm equipment and some basic mechanical skills The applicant must be able to work independently and coordinate with SCD staff and landowners to schedule times and dates for plantings.
Summer Tree-Planting Crew. Duties will include handplanting 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 is at least $15 per hour with incentives for workers who stay the entire summer term. The work week is usually Monday through Friday with occasional weekends as needed.
For more information or to get an application, contact the SCD office (see contact page), call 701-652-2551 ext. 123, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Sale on Bids
John Deere PD-A Press Drill. Converted to be used as a 3-point attachment. Good condition, works great. 7 feet wide, ground drive, grass seed box. Hitch model “parts” drill will be included in the sale of this drill, no exceptions.
2009 Tarnel USA Flatbed Car Trailer. 20’ Beavertail with car ramps. Tires in good condition. 6 bolt rims. 2 5/16” ball.
For sale on sealed bids, due by 4pm on Friday, June 10th, 2022. Bids will be reviewed at Soil District Board meeting on Monday, June 13th, 2022 at the USDA Service Center in Carrington. Can be viewed at District Tree Shed (261 14th Ave N) in Carrington, ND. District Board reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Contact Foster County Soil Conservation District, 6720 Hwy 200, 701-652-2551 ext. 123 or email@example.com. Include name, address, and phone number with the bid in a sealed envelope.
Please drop off or mail bids to:
Foster County SCD
ATTN: John Deere or ATTN: Car Trailer
6720 Hwy 200
Carrington, ND 58421
Not the Dirty Thirties, Spring of 2017!!
Photo: Storm Tracker Weather
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