Berrien Conservation District

Berrien County Conservation District

Berrien Conservation District Office will be closed Monday February 19th in observance of Presidents day

Invitation to our Annual Meeting

Presentation on “The Future of Agriculture”


Michigan’s farm economy in the 21st century, new technology, and water quality will be the speaker topics at the Berrien Conservation District’s Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, at Love Creek County Park, 9228 Huckleberry Road, Berrien Center, MI 49102. Matt Smego, the Manager of State Government Relations for Michigan Farm Bureau will be the special guest speaker.

Doors will open at 5:30 pm with dinner to start at 6:00 pm.

The evening program by the Berrien Conservation District will include a full dinner, awards for Conservation Farmer of the Year and MAEAP Environmental Stewardship, and Conservation District updates. There will also be door prizes. 

The cost is $10 per person.  Payment can be made at the door but reservations are required; seating is limited, call 269-471-9111 x3 byFebruary 15th, .or email [email protected]


Annual Tree and Shrub Seedling Fundraiser



Orders are being accepted now through April 6th. A variety of bareroot evergreens, deciduous trees, shrubs, and fruit trees are being offered. Rain barrels and composters are also available. Orders may be placed online at the Berrien County Website Store, or an order form may be obtained from the office at 3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, MI. You may also request an order form to be mailed by calling 269-471-9111 ext. 3. Information about each item can be found on the website store. 

Pickup and sale/date time is located at the Berrien County Fairgrounds on April 20th in the afternoon from 3-8pm and April 21st from 9am to noon. There will be extra seedlings available for purchase at the sale and preordering is advised to ensure that desired species are available. 

All tree and shrub seedlings, rain barrels, and composters ordered must be picked up during our sale times as noted above. We do not ship or deliver any of these items. If you order books those can be picked up at the same time, or, if you are only ordering books we can ship those to you.

Do you like to volunteer? Are you a student or other individual trying to earn service hours? Our tree sale preparation takes many hands. If you are interested call our office at 269-471-9111 ext 3 and ask for Nancy. Various days and times for volunteer opportunities are available.

Free Invasive Species Program at The Coloma Public Library 

The Southwest X Southwest Corner Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (CISMA) in partnership with the Coloma Public Library will be hosting a free workshop addressing invasive species of special concern in southwest Michigan on February 21st at 6:30 pm at the Coloma Library. This is an opportunity to learn identification and control of invasive species that harm our native ecosystems and threaten local infrastructure. This presentation will also focus on Japanese Knotweed which has been detected in the city limits of Coloma and is a species that all residents should be aware of, as well as aquatic forms of invasive species that can be found in Paw Paw Lake. Potential future invasive threats to the Michigan landscape will be discussed as well.There will be free information for attendees to take home at the conclusion of the presentation and there is no charge to attend this event. If you would like a plant identified please bring a quality picture with you and no live plant materials.
If you have any questions on Invasive species, please contact Jared Harmon at 269-471-9111 ext 3 or [email protected] 

“Helping Family Farmers Thrive”


A FREE soil health seminar will be held at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension center located at 1791 Hillandale Rd. Benton Harbor, MI 49022 on March 20, 2018. Registration with coffee and donuts is from 8:30 am to 9:00 am and the seminar is from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Dr. Ray Smith, owner of Phase II Inc., will present information on nutrient interactions and soil health, and how nutrients in the soil become available to plants. Dr. Smith has over 50 years of experience as a certified agronomist and soil consultant. He has developed a fertilizer formulation that is environmentally friendly to maximize crop quality and yields.

Speakers Ryan Smith will talk about economic farming challenges and Keith Morris will explain application of the Phase II fertilizer system in different crops.

The event is sponsored by the Berrien Conservation District, for questions call 269-471-9111 x3.

Local farmers finding ways to make crops and environment 'greener' by adding Water Control Structures to their drain tile. 


The Berrien Conservation District was very excited to invite WSBT's Danielle Kennedy out to interview Patrick Freehling of Baroda on Water Control Structures and their benefits to crop production and water quality!  Click on the link to view the interview:  (click on the white circle in the center of the corn to start the video after clicking the link)


http://wsbt.com/news/local/local-farmers-finding-ways-to-make-crops-and-environment-greener

         Contact us to learn more about Drain Tile Water Control Structures and how to receive financial assistance to install them.
The Regular Monthly Board Meeting for February is Monday the 12th at 12 noon.
New 2017 Berrien County Plat Books are available at our office!

The Hunting Access Program (HAP) .  A minimum of 40 acres with 20% in grassland, wetland, or forested habitat.   Rates are per acre, based on type of habitat.  
Additional financial assistance for habitat improvement may be available.

For more information visit www.Michigan.gov/hap or contact Nancy at 269-471-9111 x3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us at:

3334 Edgewood Road, Berrien Springs, Michigan 49103 

269-471-9111  ext. 3

email: [email protected]

We are housed in the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Office in the USDA Service Center Building.  Our Office hours are from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Due to the nature of our business, personnel may not be available during normal business hours as farm visits, workshops, training, or other may take us out of the office.  To ensure service please call ahead.

 

Mission Statement

The Berrien Conservation District's mission is to promote the protection and improvement of Berrien County's natural resources through partnerships, education, reforestation, ground and surface water protection, and soil erosion control measures.