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Conservation Farmer Award - 2016 - Chuck & Marla Timm.  Each year the Soil and Water Conservation District selects a cooperator as its Outstanding Conservationist.  

The Yellow Medicine Soil & Water Conservation District is pleased to announce that Chuck & Marla Timm of Cottonwood have been selected as the 2016 Yellow Medicine County Outstanding Conservationists.  They own a farm of over 300 acres of corn and soybeans along the Yellow Medicine River. The Timms have exemplified a commitment to conservation and agriculture working together for decades. Their entire farm utilizes native grass buffers, as well as a portion of each field dedicated to native grass and forb habitat. The native grass habitat and riparian floodplain forest totals over 200 acres of their property. All of the cropland on their farm is seeded to cover crops for soil health. The Timms are active Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) and Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) participants. Recently, the entire operation became certified as part of the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program, well above the required thresholds. Chuck and Marla are upstanding members of the community and active volunteers.  All of us can admire the positive impact the Timm Family has on our state’s resources.                  

Recent recipients of the Yellow Medicine Outstanding Conservationist Award also include:  2015-Stu Frazeur   2014-Doug Albin   2013-Gary Lentz   2012-Wayne Oftedahl   2011-Robert & Jeff Thielges



Environmental Fair  was developed by the SWCDs of Southwestern Minnesota.  The Environmental Fair is a learning event in the "outdoor classroom" for sixth grade students from a 14-county area. Students in classroom-size groups are scheduled into sessions of hands-on activities and presentations on a variety of topics including trees, soil, water quality, wetlands, recycling, household hazardous waste, native prairie, watersheds and creatures that share our environment. The Environmental Fair provides a unique, interactive learning experience for students to understand the importance of our resources and realize that what people do affects all aspects of the environment.   The first Environmental Fair was held in September 1992, at the Lyon County Fairgrounds in Marshall. The one-day event was attended by 1,280 students from the 14-county area. Over the years, the Fair has grown into a two-day event, with attendance as high as 2,700 students. The fair provides well-rounded, hands-on learning experiences mixed with large group "professional" presentations in a bigger and better event than could be provided to rural schools individually. The Southwest Minnesota Environmental Fair has received the "Education Award" from the Minnesota Association of Conservation Districts, and the "Trainer of the Year" award from NRCS. Educators from the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota Zoo, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, counties, University of Minnesota Extension, Department of Natural Resources, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service are among the presenters. Teachers preregister in the spring; the Environmental Fair is usually held the third week of September.  The fair is now open to all 5th and 6th graders in a 11-county area, with the fair alternating from Marshall to Slayton.