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Welcome to the Wisconsin conservation showcase! Here you'll find stories featuring farmers and landowners who successfully implement conservation, with the help of NRCS, on their diverse farming operations. Whether its planting pollinator habitat, increasing your soil's health by implementing cover crops and no-till, managed grazing or more, find out what can be accomplished through a partnership with NRCS. Want to get new stories in your inbox? Sign up here.

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Driftless Area SuccessConserving a Unique Midwestern Landscape
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Harmony Valley FarmOrganic Produce with
a Purpose

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Jessica Gales and Cory Drummond view SAFE habitat acres restored.Creating Wildlife Habitat Acre by Acre
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Stauner and Stinebrink during packingOrganic Producer Delivers Cranberries
to the Table

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The Harpers on their grazing acresWisconsin Family Passes Down a Conservation Ethic
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Joe and Ron in a heifer facility.Conservation Planning Helps Keep Dairy Farm Productive
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Justin Duell of the G Farm, and Merrie Schamberger, NRCS.Beginning Veteran Farmer Grazes His Way to Success
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Planning Boosts Forest HealthPlanning Boosts Forest Health and Management
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Jacob and Tony Green Fire FarmGreen Fire Farm Mimics Nature to Create a Pasture of the Future
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Feature Success Stories

Barry and Derek Cover CropsThe Proof is in the Soil: Fox Demo Farm Thrives Through Use of Cover Crops and No-Till
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Highlighting Conservation Planning, Technical Assistance, GLRI, Demo Farms

Jessica Gales and Cory Drummond view SAFE habitat acres restored.Native Grasses, Forbs and Oak Savannas Aplenty: Wildlife Habitat Flourishes Through SAFE Program Partnership
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Highlighting Conservation Planning, CRP, SAFE Acres Partnership and Technical Assistance

Stauner and Stinebrink during packing

A Bountiful Thanksgiving Harvest: Organic Cranberry Producer Brings Fruit to the Family Table
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Highlighting Conservation Planning, EQIP and Forest Management

The Harpers on their grazing acresPerseverance Pays Off: Harpers Diversify to Keep Farm Thriving
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Highlighting Conservation Planning, EQIP, Dairy, Cover Crops, Honey Bees and Managed Grazing

WRP Landowners Columbia CountyNatural Resources Education and Restoration: Flyways Waterfowl Experience Directors Restore Wetlands
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Featuring the Wetland Reserve Program and pollinator habitat.

Streambank Stabilization - Tribal PartnershipRaspberry River Streambank Stabilization Efforts on Spirit Island: Partnering with the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Reservation
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Featuring Conservation Planning, Tribal Partnerships and Streambank Stabilization

Ohne Raasch and Mark SteinfestRestoration Leads to Flourishing Wetlands: Jefferson County Landowner Brings Wildlife Home
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Featuring Wetland Reserve Easements Restoration

Jacob and Tony Green Fire FarmGreen Fire Farm Lives Regenerative Agriculture: Mimicking Nature to Create a Pasture of the Future
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Featuring Conservation Planning, EQIP, CSP, Managed Rotational Grazing

Justin Duell of the G Farm, and Merrie Schamberger, NRCS.Beginning, Veteran Farmer Grazes His Way to Success: High Quality Meat and Produce Directly to Your Dinner Table
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Featuring a Conservation Activity Plan, EQIP, CSP, Rotational Grazing, Maple Syrup

Jack Herricks and Michelle KomiskeyPioneers of No-Till: Farmer Fosters Land Stewardship Ethic
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Featuring Conservation Planning, EQIP, CSP and No-Till

Glacial Lake Cranberries harvestCranberries at the Heart of Cranmoor: Native Fruit Thrives at Glacial Lake Cranberries
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Featuring Conservation Planning, EQIP, CSP and Forest Management

Joe and Mary Hovel with Celie BorndalManaging Woodlands with a Conservation Land Ethic: Renowned Cabin Builder Protects 3,000 Forested Acres
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Highlighting Forestry, Forest Management Plans, RCPP, CSP and EQIP

Tim ServaisConservation in Focus: Organic Dairy Farm Involves Entire Family
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EQIP, CSP, Organic Dairy Farm and Contouring

Red Cedar Demo FarmPartners in Conservation: Red Cedar Demo Farm Offers Hands-On Education
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Featuring Demonstration Farms, Education and Cover Crops

D. Birmingham Success StoryDepending on the Wilds to Pollinate: Organic Orchard Grower Makes Conservation Impact
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Featuring EQIP, CSP, Organics, Orchards and Pollinators

Nate Bell success storyRestoring the Little Lemonweir: Farmer Revitalizes Stream Habitat
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Featuring EQIP, CSP, Streambank Restoration, Fish Habitat and Cover Crops

honey beesSweet Success: Beekeepers Restore Pollinator Habitat
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Featuring EQIP and the Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

Success StorySustainability at its Best: Beginning Farmer Revitalizes Former Mining Land
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Featuring EQIP, CSP and a Beginning Farmer

Lac du FlambeauState-of-the-Art Aquaculture Site Built for Walleye Rearing: Lac du Flambeau Tribe Raises and Restocks Fish
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Featuring EQIP, CSP, Tribal Partnerships and Aquaculture

Ka Hmong Cooperative AgreementHmong Community Gardens in Harmony with the Land
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Featuring an EQIP Cooperative Agreement, Historically Underserved Populations and Community Gardens

Woodland DunesPreserving Woodland Dunes Habitat: Small Non-Profit Proves Huge Impact in Community
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Featuring EQIP, Honey Bee Pollinator Effort, CSP and CRP

Reed FittonThe Living Land Remembers, Treat it with Care: Beginning Farmer Revives Legendary Land
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Featuring EQIP, Managed Grazing and Honey Bee Pollinator Effort

Nettekoven family on their farmHard Work Pays Off: Nettekoven Farm Produces Healthy, Nutrient-Rich Food, While Preserving Land for Future Generations
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Featuring the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Cover Crops, No-Till, EQIP and Demonstration Farms

Joe and Ron in a heifer facility.Majestic Views on a Contour Farm: Dairy Farmer Promotes Sustainability
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Featuring Conservation Planning, EQIP, Cover Crops and Contour Strips

Successes from the Field Series

You asked, we listened. Success stories directly from the field related to topics farmers and landowners care about: what works for cover crops in my county, how can I improve my woodlands, what’s available to help pollinators, how can I heal my soil and help my water quality, and more. You’ll find answers in these stories, from farmers and landowners who successfully partner with NRCS to receive assistance in putting conservation to work on their farm. Sign up here to receive this series monthly in your inbox!
FY19 Menomonie Dunn CoDunn County: Drinking the Successes of Improved Water Quality
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FY19 Mauston SS - Juneau CoJuneau County: Ho-Chunk Nation and the NRCS Partner to Restore Wetland
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FY19 Baraboo SS - Sauk CoSauk County: Conservation Observance Day Highlights
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Appleton Service Center - Outagamie CountyOutagamie County: Pollinator Walk Highlights Habitat Success
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Janesville Service Center - Rock CountyRock County: Field Day Showcases Precision Agriculture and Water Quality
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Stevens Point Service Center - Portage CountyPortage County: Grassland Conservation in Central Wisconsin
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Monroe, GreenGreen County: Ground Cover Seeding Adds to Soil and Water Conservation
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Altoona, Eau ClaireEau Claire: New Partnerships Work to Restore Grasslands
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Iowa, DodgevilleIowa County: Grazing and Grassland Birds
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Chilton SS FY18Calumet County: Forage Council Promotes Soil Health
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Manitowoc SS FY18

Manitowoc County: Hidden Valley Farm Preserves Land for Wildlife
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FY18 Fond du Lac CoFond du Lac County: Soil Quality Leads to Water Quality
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FY18 Kewaunee Co LuxemburgKewaunee County: Seasonal High Tunnel Supports Community
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fy18 Vernon Co ViroquaVernon County: Converting Cropland to Rotationally Grazed Pasture
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Oshkosh SS FY18Winnebago County: Conservation Cooperation at its Best
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Marinette CountyMarinette County: Beginning farmers Follow Their Passion
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Sheboygan CountySheboygan County: Deep Roots in Conservation
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Taylor CountyTaylor County: Improved Water Quality and Animal Health
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FY18 Washburn County Success from the fieldWashburn County: Forty Years of Assistance
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FY18 Fond du Lac Success from the FieldFond du Lac County: Resource Management Planning, a Concept that Still Work
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Ellsworth Service Center, Pierce County HighlightPierce County: Conservation Journey Over the Decades
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Baraboo Service Center, Sauk County HighlightSauk County: RCPP Makes Conversion to Prescribed Grazing Possible
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Darlington Service Center, Lafayette County HighlightLafayette County: Two Onion Farm, Layers of Conservation
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Green Lake SS_GreenLakeCoGreen County: Cooperative Conservation Contributes to
Cleaner Water

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Black River FallsSS JacksonCo.Jackson County: Highlighting Healthy Soil and Pollinator Habitat at Jackson County Fair
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Merrill SS Lincoln CoLincoln County: Longer Growing Season "It's a Win-Win" Situation
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FY18 Brown County Success from the FieldBrown County: Farming With Nature
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Balsam Lake Polk Co. FY18Polk County: Partnership Fulfills Woodland Niche
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Asphalt Cattle LotBayfield County: Gaining Ground with an Innovative Asphalt Cattle Lot
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Praire du Chien Crawford FY18Crawford County: 58 Years of Conservation and Counting
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FY18 Alma Durand SuccessPepin County: A Prairie Christmas, Beauty in the Bloom
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FY18 Wausau Marathon SuccessMarathon County: Creative Conservation is Profitable
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FY18 Barron Ladysmith SuccessBarron County: New Partnership Boosts
Soil Health

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Clark County - NeillsvilleClark County: Three Generations Strong
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Dunn County - MenomonieDunn County: Building Our Future Conservationists
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Grant County - Lancaste

Grant County: Cropland Conversion Yields Big Results
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Chippewa County Cover Crops into Winter Wheat

Chippewa County: Conservation-Minded Farmer Keeps Century Farm Thriving
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Arnold Peterson Shawano County

Shawano County: Belle Plaine Farmer aids Mother Nature
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Walworth County Cover Crops

Walworth County: Weeks Farm Partners Increase Yields and Soil Health With the use of Cover Crops
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Dane County Jerome and Jackie

Dane County: Century Farm Restores Woodlands, Savanna and Trout Stream
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Walworth Pasture Walk

Walworth County: 16th Annual Prairie Walk Returns to Its Roots
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Hilgarts Wisconsin Rapids

Wood County: Central Wisconsin Family Farms Diverse and Sustainable
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Eau Claire Butterfly SuccessEau Claire County: If you build it (habitat), they will come.
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Durand Streambank Success

Pepin County: Partnering to Restore Fall Creek
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Juneau Cover Crop Success

Dodge County: A Leader in Conservation
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Portage Success

Columbia County: EQIP Helps Yorkshire Rose Farm Grazing Sheep
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Barron SS Success

Barron County: Thinking Outside the Box
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West Bend SuccessWashington County: Grazing for Soil Health
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Fond du Lac, Dawn and Richard SlagerFond du Lac County: Produce With a Purpose
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Fond du Lac, frost seeding clover close-up.Fond du Lac County: Frost Seeding Clover? It Works!
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Oconto County, Jim Mahoney and Jeff Maroszek evaluate corn.Oconto County: Double Duty Cover Crop Boosts Yields
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Polk County, emptying the pit for the last time.Polk County:
Pit be Gone

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Jackson CountyJackson County: Local Producer Talks Organic Transition and Pastures
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Green LakeGreen Lake County: Decades of Conservation
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Richland SuccessRichland County: The Ridge & Valleys of Richland County
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Burnett County

Burnett County: Surface and Groundwater Protection Efforts Pay Off
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Vernon County

Vernon County: EQIP Assists in Restoring Stream Function
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Success Story

Oneida County: Family Fishing Day Promotes Conservation Education
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Success Story

Monroe County: Sinkhole Treatment - A Groundwater Protection Practice
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Success StoryKewaunee County: For the Uncommon Love of Backyard Bats
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dodgeville success

Iowa County: Beef Producers Use EQIP and a "Razor" to Improve Pastures
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ellsworth success

Pierce County: A "Honey of a Program"
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merrill success

Lincoln County: Early Successional Habitat in Aspen Stands
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Baraboo  story

Sauk County: RCPP Reduces Erosion in the Baraboo River Watershed
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St Croix story

St. Croix County: Students Plant Seeds to Benefit Pollinators
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Green Bay story

Brown County: Rotational Grazing Affords Easy Profits, Less Work
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Success in the Field

Rock County: Volunteer Efforts Restore Habitat for Rare Species
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Success in the Field

Green County: Waste Separation and Soil Health Benefits
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Success in the Field

Clark County: No-Till Dairy Farming
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Successes in Oshkosh, Wis.Winnebago County: Farmers See Benefit of No-Till
and Cover Crops

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high tunnels and hoop houses

Ashland County: High Tunnels Take Hold in Northern Wisconsin
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Taylor County: Planning is Key to Grazier's Success
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RhinelanderVilas County Forestry: A Place of Solitude
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Read more Wisconsin Conservation Success Stories from previous years.