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Medicine Creek CIS Project Announces 2021 Batching Date

Dillon Blaha, Resource Unit Conservationist
(605) 224-8870 |

NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), Huron, S.D., November 22, 2021  – The Conservation Implementation Strategy(CIS) project Medicine Creek will soon begin its second year in Hughes County, South Dakota, serving the community and improving land and water quality. This 3-year project is one of 16 selected in Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 and federally-funded through the NRCS conservation programs of the 2018 Farm Bill. The purpose of this project is to improve soil health in the Medicine Creek basin and will be implemented by the Hughes County Conservation District (CD) and other partners.

Farmers/ranchers within the project areas are eligible to apply for financial assistance. While applications are accepted year-round, the batching date for FY2022 funding is December 3, 2021.  

The NRCS' conservation specialists and partners are coordinating these projects throughout the state. Through collectively focusing expertise and resources on the highest priority resource concerns in the highest priority areas, CIS projects can yield impressive returns. Collaborative funding and support from other agencies and groups create a coordinated community effort and focus on mutual issues of the highest priority.

Project sponsors identified organic matter depletion and water quality as resource concerns and developed this CIS project to address the situation. “Improving water quality effects all users in the downstream of Medicine Creek," says Dillon Blaha, Resource Unit Conservationist, Pierre, South Dakota, "Involving producers at the local level is key to the success of the project."

To learn more about this project, contact Dillon Blaha at For more information on the CIS in South Dakota, or if you have ideas for a project, contact Jeff Vander Wilt, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs, at (605) 352-1226 or, or visit the CIS page under Farm Bill Programs on our SD NRCS Web site: