"Putting Conservation on the Ground." 


118 East Main Street
P.O. Box 389
Ashley, ND 58413
 701-288-3481 ext 3
McIntosh County Soil Conservation District
2019 Achievement Award Winners


McIntosh County Achievement Award Winners
News and Reviews for McIntosh County Soil Conservation District
Past Achievement Winners
Lonnie & Delilah, Joseph & Rebecca Bender - 2017
Mark & Rose Pfeifr - 2016
Kenneth, Susan & Adam Meidinger - 2015
Gary & Shirley Grosz - 2014
Cody & Deanna Sand Family - 2013
Curt & Peggy Meidinger - 2012
Dwight Schilling - 2011
Sydney & Sandy Meidinger - 2010

Achievement Award Winners are chosen by the Board of Supervisors in each county. The award is represented by those who have gone above and beyond in innovative practices on their operation that promote conservation. These conservationists take pride in their work and are advocates of conservation to their peers and producers wherever they go. Each year a new Conservationist is choosen and represents their county at the local level, State Conservation District Convention and receive an aerial photograph of their operation. 
McIntosh County Scholarship Award Winners
Current Scholarship Winner
The McIntosh County Scholarship Award is an opportunity for area students to share their knowledge of Conservation with the chance to be awarded $500 scholarship. It is judged upon a specific topic chosen by the Board of Supervisors and credited on set criteria (100 pts): no more than 500 words, correct topic, spelling & grammar, typed and double spaced, proper punctuation, essay format, creativity & knowledge of topic and work cited/references.  Students are notified of the scholarship opportunity in the fall of their Senior year then is judged and awarded to the student in April. The Scholarship award is then presented to the student during their High School graduation ceremony.
​Past Scholarship Winners

2018 - John Ebel - The Importance of Crop Rotation
2017 - Cole Ketterling - The Effects of Green Energy on Conservation
2016 - Hope Ebel - The Importace of Water Quality
2015 - Grace Schuler - The Value of Rotational Grazing
2014 - No recipient - Benefits & Purposes of Trees
2013 - April Nies - Benefits of No - Till Farming
2012 - Kaitlyn Ebel- Importance of Soil & Water Quality
The Ashley Community Garden was started in 2013 with the collaboration of the McIntosh County Soil Conservation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service - Ashley, NDSU Extension McIntosh County and Master Gardeners to bring gardening opportunities to the community. We demonstrated different garden types such as: Bale Gardening, No -Till Gardening, Newspaper Gardening, Conventional Gardening and Weed Barrier Gardening. We held multiple meetings throughout the spring, summer and fall for planting, maintenance, education and harvest/clean up. Within the space of the garden we also advertise for local families or individuals who would like to use a garden plot. 

For 2016, we outreached to some local youth organizations and found great enthusiasm and drive from the Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group. They have great plans for the garden especially at its new location in the lot between the USDA office and the Lutheran Church. We are excited to help out the youth and watch them grow with the Community Garden!      New pictures to come as the garden gets underway!
Ashley Community Garden
Garden Progress
School Visits
Throughout the year local schools invite the SCD and NRCS to come present to the students. Topics range from native range plants - how to ID & where to find them, Soil Erosion, Infiltration, Contamination and much more! 
Is Soil a Filter?
All programs and services with the McIntosh County Soil Conservation District are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis, without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status or disability. 
Newsletters
Farm Safety: We visit a local school upon request and talk with students of all ages of farm safety. This in an interactive program that kids enjoy.
Poster Contests
Zeeland 
Bale Garden
Newspaper Garden
No-Till Garden
Arbor Day: The SCD staff visited local schools to talk about the importance of trees and Arbor Day. This is an interactive presentation and kids get to help with our tree planting demo. Following the presentation the District gives each student a tree to take home!
Wishek
NACD Soil Health Champions
This award is awarded through the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) starting now in 2015. This award opportunity looks for mentors of soil health and helps provide opportunities for mentors all over the nation to go out and spread knowledge and passion of Soil Health. Soil Health Champions are asked to advocate through peer-to-peer networking, hosting field days and demonstrations, speaking at public events, sharing their story with print, broadcast and social media and providing information or examples of what they have learned with NACD, local districts and it state association, NRCS and others. 
Cody & Deanna Sand Family - 2015
Cody and Deanna, along with their children Bailey, Desa and Baxter own/operate a 2300 cow/calf ranch in Dickey and McIntosh counties. They began on the 3rd generation ranch in 1999. Since taking a Holistic Management Course in January 2011, taught by Joshua Dukart, they have been working on improving their soil health and quality of life while minimizing inputs and changed to calving in June. They utilize a planned grazing system consisting of 64 paddocks. They have put 400 acres of expired CRP back into grazing land. Their cows winter on rented corn stalks and crop aftermath with minimal supplementation.
2019 - Bryce Goettle - 
Carl & Kary Lindgren Family 2018