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Welcome to our conservation initiatives. Here, we introduce three key efforts: Locally Led Conservation, NOLO, and Where Good Things Grow. Each of these programs plays a vital role in our commitment to preserving and improving South Dakota's natural resources. Below are links to their respective websites where you can explore these initiatives in more detail and learn about their contributions to a sustainable future for our state.

Locally Led Conservation

Locally led conservation is about South Dakota communities taking charge of their environment. Launched in 2018, the Locally Led Project aims to build healthy soils, improve water quality, support wildlife habitats, and boost the environmental and economic performance of our state's farms and ranches. It's all about local people addressing local issues and coming together to tackle the environmental challenges that matter most. Join us in our mission to protect and improve our state's natural resources.


To learn more, visit the Locally Led Conservation website.

NOLO (Non-Operator Landowners)

If you're a non-operator landowner – someone who owns land but doesn't farm it – we're here to help you make informed choices about soil health and conservation. Our goal is to provide you, as a NOLO, with reliable information, advice, and resources. Landowners, whether they farm or lease their land, can benefit from sustainable practices that preserve resources and ensure the long-term productivity of their valuable land.

To learn more, visit the NOLO website.


Where Good Things Grow

In South Dakota, we used to overlook our soil, treating it poorly and calling it "dirt." But things have changed. Our farmers and ranchers are soil heroes. They work with nature to grow good things, using smart farming techniques that protect the soil, produce healthy food, and ensure clean water and fresh air for our communities. Our "Where Good Things Grow" campaign digs into the connection between soil health and clean water and shares info on farming practices that improve soil. Most importantly, this campaign honors those dedicated to our soil's health, ensuring it provides for us and future generations.

To learn more, visit the Where Good Things Grow website.

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