Walsh County Soil Conservation District, Park River, N.D.

This drought is affecting everyone and there is no way to know how long this will last. It is a great time to be talking about strip tillage and no-till as ways to conserve soil moisture! Get on the bus on July 8th for the Soil Health Tour with NDSU, the Walsh County Soil Health Team and area producers! Let’s talk.

Sarah Johnston, Soil Conservation District Manager


The last big tour we had with

Dr. Wick, Dr. Franzen and Naeem Kalwar.

Let’s do this again July 8th, 2021!

You won’t want to miss this big one! Join us on July 8th in Park River, ND to tour no-till and strip till fields with producers who are trying new things in their operations! If you’ve ever wanted to see strip tillage in a sugar beet rotation on Red River Valley Soils, now is your chance! We’ll visit fields farmed by Jamie Bennington and Lee & Jay Gudajtes using strip tillage and no-till in sugar beets. Before we head out to the field, we’ll enjoy talks from Dr. Abbey Wick (NDSU), Dr. David Franzen (NDSU), and Naeem Kalwar (NDSU) at the extension office in Park River. Special guest Carson Klosterman of Wyndmere, ND will discuss how he’s used strip tillage over the years. We’ll also touch on cover crops and soil erosion, especially as they relate to what farmers are dealing with in the field right now.

Get on the bus with us or drive yourself using the map provided! Do what makes you comfortable. Masks are not required on this tour. We encourage COVID precautions, however, please take into consideration that the risk of transmission will not be zero on this tour. We’ll be in the extension office in the morning and outside in the afternoon.

If you’d like to attend please RSVP by Tuesday, July 6th, 2021. We’d love to have enough food for everyone by getting those RSVPs. Beth from Beth’s Home Cooking is catering. More information can be found below! If you have any questions, please contact members of our soil health team—Brad Brummond at 701-284-6624 or text Yari at the Soil Conservation District at 701-520-1927 to RSVP.

Get the latest news in our Spring newsletter found below!

Who We Are

Welcome to Locally Led Conservation in northeastern North Dakota

Work done well, with a personal touch. That’s our commitment! We are your local conservation office, dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources in this amazing agroecosystem. We form programs that fill needs for the producer and the natural resource. We help connect farmers to one another. We support farmers with technical resources made possible by our collaborative soil health team. And we connect opportunities to develop programs involving agriculture and conservation. Bring your ideas to us! Our favorite place is in the field, working with you!

As a political subdivision of the State, we represent Walsh County as the local voice in conservation issues, including proposed projects that may impact residents of the county. With work with residents, local officials, as well as state and federal entities to accomplish the best possible life for those living here now and in the future generations. We initiate programs to assist in the needs of the land and the people living on it. Regenerative agriculture is our future. We are living in a pivotal moment in conservation locally. We only have 40 years of topsoil left in this county. What can you expect from us nowadays. see new initiatives in the next few years developed from direct feedback from growers. Please continue to explore our webpage in 2021 as it develops! Catch us on Facebook as well and Twitter.

We are happy to get you started on conservation planning, with us, or connect you to another agency who can help you accomplish your goals. Conservation planning is a highlight of our district. Soon we will have a page highlighting our past and current projects!

Conservation implementation is an important step in the process and we are here to dig in a shovel and get it done! We can also help you purchase trees to grow in your soil type, plant trees in field windbreaks or on farmsteads, plant grasses using our new grass drill, plant projects along your riverbank or floodplain, and much more!

Young radish seed emerges from wheat stubble in August after harvest to use water and provide a living root in the soil.

WE ARE HERE TO ASSIST DURING COVID-19 via phone or site visits. Our office only closed for two weeks due to COVID in 2020 due to our flexibility with clients and meeting in the field. We do everything possible to be here for you! We ask that you call ahead for an appointment to ensure we aren’t in the field. We can be reached at 701-284-7363 or walshcounty319@polarcomm.com. Normal Business Hours at M-F 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Thank you! Sarah Johnston, District Manager

District Updates and Tidbits:

Join us on our Soil Health Field Tour Thursday, July 8th, 2021

Scholarship Application Materials:

The ND Association of Soil Conservation District Employees Scholarship. Please submit completed applications to the Grand Forks County Soil Conservation District. If mailing, please postmark by February 26th, 2021. Please download both files below for details.

Join Zoom Meeting

The SCD’s 2022 budget meeting will be held via Zoom from 9:00 am to 11:15 am on January 22nd. If you are in town and you want to join us in the office for this meeting, you may attend in person provided you wear a mask.


Meeting ID: 880 8245 3455

Passcode: 665988


The January 14th board meeting will be held via Zoom. The meeting begins at 8:00 am. Attendees may enter the meeting up to 30 minutes ahead of time.

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 819 7227 0653

Passcode: 138924

TREE ORDER FORMS for 2021 can be downloaded on the Tree Order Form page.

We are located at 13351 Hwy 17 W in Park River, ND just on the west edge of town on Hwy 17. We are only a phone call away at (701) 284-7363.

As a soil conservation district, what can we do to better serve you this year and in the coming years?

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