Information from a variety of expert sources on a wide range farming practices to help conserve our soils and protect our waters from excess nutrients.

The Carroll County SWCD offers technical assistance for all landowners in the county.  Please explore the links below to find information on a variety of topics.  If you have any questions or don't see something listed below that you need assistance with, please contact our office.

Soil erosion control in our country is more than a century old.  In Carroll County, after the Great Depression, Dust Bowl, and drought, farmers realized the need to conserve and protect the resources of Carroll County.

The federal government set up the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps to establish a conservation effort and provide employement for young men during the depression.  When economics improved, the CCC was abandoned.  However, the country realized that technical assistance from the Soil Conservation Service was still needed.  The government agreed to provide this assistance if the people voted in favor of a Soil Conservation District.  On August 15, 1941, the Carroll County Soil Conservation District was formed.  As the concern for water quantity and quality increased, the name was changed to Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Today, the Carroll County SWCD's goal is to inform the public of the wise use of natural resources such as: application of conservation practices, wildlife habitat, forestry practices, water quality, zoning uses, sub-division planning, and the building of structures, ponds, and much more.

The History of the Carroll County Soil & Water Conservation District

Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District
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There are several programs available that offer financial assistance to landowners and/or operators in the form of cost-share or annual payments to implement and/or maintain conservation practices on your land.  This list below offers a brief summary of some of these programs as well as provides a link for you to research each program more thoroughly if you choose.  If you have any questions or are interested in enrolling in one of the following programs, please follow the links provided or contact our office.

Programs & Information