Proper manure management can greatly improve surface water quality by reducing runoff of pollutants from livestock areas. The District can provide technical and educational assistance to livestock producers throughout Morton County, and can provide financial assistance to producers in the Square Butte (Otter Creek), Crown Butte, Sweet Briar, and Heart River Corridor Watershed areas through our 319 NE Watershed Grant. Our goal is to assist producers in becoming compliant with State AFO rules and to see a reduction in the number of polluting livestock operations. Contact Us if you’d like to start improving the water quality in your county.
The project sponsors intend to:
- Provide technical and financial assistance to Morton County AFO’s that have the greatest impact on water quality in the designated watershed areas.
- Develop educational programs to heighten public awareness of NPS pollution concerns and solutions.
- Develop working partnerships in the local community to benefit natural resources.
The Morton County Soil Conservation District has a manure spreader available for rental to producers. The manure spreader can be rented for a fee of $275 per day. In the pursuit of good conservation, we require a map of each field the manure will be applied to, soil test results for each field, and manure test results before the spreader can be rented. This is for the benefit of both the producer and the environment. To schedule the use of the spreader and manure testing, contact us at (701) 667-1163 ex. 3.