Farmers and Rural Residents

Sunbow Produce field and farmer
Sunbow Produce field and farmer

Farmers and Rural Residents

The rural lands you manage can benefit from the implementation of conservation practices. Common improvements include installation of efficient irrigation systems, cover crops, manure compost facilities, and fences to keep livestock out of creeks. We’ll help you get started.

Rainshine Sampling © T.Matteson
Natalie Allen collects soil at Rainshine Farm

Landowner Assistance

If you would like to have our resource conservationist come out to visit your site and discuss your concerns/issues/practices, please email Donna Schmitz ( Put “site visit” in the subject line and let her know what type of property you manage (crop land, pasture, forest, streambank, suburban lot, etc.), and a little bit about your concerns (erosion, habitat, manure, weeds, etc.).

Funding Opportunities

Benton SWCD’s Conservation Incentive Program, funded through local property taxes, is available to help Benton County residents implement conservation practices on their land.

Rural Road Sunset © A. Napier
Rural Road Sunset © A. Napier

Rural Living

As more people move to Benton County, the rural/urban buffers are shrinking. Some urban residents are now living next door to rural agricultural producers. To protect the agricultural and ecological values that the county’s natural resources provide to the region, new and current residents require easy access to practical information.

Tiger Lily buds
Tiger Lily buds

Native Plant Resources

Growing native plants helps preserve endangered species and discourage invasives, supports bees and other pollinators, and creates beautiful natural spaces. It’s also fun to get to know the plants you see in natural areas.

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