Visit SWCD at County Fair

The Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites fairgoers to attend the Conservation Awards Presentation and stop by the Farm Bureau building to learn about soil and water during the Madison County Fair. 

Madison County SWCD will be presenting Conservation Awards on Wednesday evening. This year, the SWCD is recognizing Downs Family Farm (Steve Downs and Howard Downs) with the 2023 Conservation Award. The SWCD would also like to publicly recognize Seth Breeding as the 2023 recipient of Madison County SWCD’s Scholarship Award, as well as the third place recipient of Conservation Districts of Iowa’s statewide scholarships. The public is welcome to attend the presentation at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, July 19 at the North Show Ring (before the Queen and King Contest). 

Madison County SWCD appreciates the opportunity to recognize conservation award winners at County Fair and thanks Madison County Farm Bureau for sponsoring the award.

Madison County SWCD and its partners (the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship) will have displays set up in the Farm Bureau building during the fair. There will be several soil health demonstrations on display, and visitors can test their knowledge about soils for a chance to win prizes. There will be free posters and conservation-themed temporary tattoos available. To learn more, visit Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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All About Wetlands Field Day

Madison County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) invites the public to attend the All About Wetlands Field Day on Thursday, June 29th at the Martens CREP Wetland. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the McBroom-Hargis Barn located at 1218 U.S. Highway 169 north of Winterset.

This field day will celebrate wetlands, the multi-tool of conservation practices for water quality! They act like sponges as they soak up rainwater and surface runoff, they act as filters to remove pollutants, and they provide excellent wildlife habitat for a wide variety of species. This field day will highlight the many benefits that wetlands provide and discuss the variety of programs available to landowners.

Speakers will include representatives from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Madison County SWCD, Iowa State University and Iowa Learning Farms, Heartland Co-op, and the local landowner. Iowa Learning Farms will be bringing their new Marsh Madness conservation station, the newest of Iowa Learning Farms’ four traveling conservation education trailers, which features 3-D models of three wetland types found in Iowa! Madison County SWCD will also have a model of Badger Creek Lake Watershed on display. There will be an opportunity to  tour the Martens CREP Wetland.

Afterward, participants can stop by a food truck for a complimentary lunch sponsored by Heartland Co-op. A few chairs will be provided, but attendees are welcome to bring a lawn chair.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated, but not required. Attendees needing accommodations should explain when they RSVP. Attendees can RSVP by calling the Madison County SWCD at 515-462-4884 extension 3, or by sending an email to

For more information, see the links to the News Release and Event Flyer

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