NRCS Gets First-Hand Look at Dakota Flood Mitigation Efforts


Legislators, grower leaders and officials from the Natural Resources Conservation Service are making a swing through eastern North Dakota

Congressman Berg and NRCS Chief White

today to learn more about flood mitigation efforts that are underway – and discuss further efforts for the future….

 The North Dakota Grain Growers Association invited Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief Dave White to the state to discuss the ability of the NRCS to partner with agricultural interests for orderly water management…

 NDGGA President Terry Weckerly, a producer that farms near Hurdsfield, ND, says his group hopes to influence and educate the Chief on what can be done to best serve the farming community…

Weckerly on Education

Producers, ranchers and legislators will get a first-hand look at a tiling project that NDGGA Vice President Brad Thykeson has underway on his farm near Portland, ND.  Weckerly says some special interest groups look at tiling as a form of drainage…He says some conservationists are concerned about expanded tiling efforts because North Dakota is in the heart of the Prairie Pothole Region – sometimes referred to as “North America’s Duck Factory”…

Weckerly on Tiling Efforts

North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg is also taking part on the tour…He says the key for the tour is showing Chief White what tiling means to North Dakota producers…

Congressman Berg

For his part, Chief White was hoping to directly see the issues that growers are facing  – and how the NRCS may be able to help…

White on Flood Mitigation

After the stop near Portland, Chief White is traveling to Devils Lake to look at

Leaders gather at Ramada Plaza Suites, Fargo

flood mitigation efforts underway in that area…

White on Devils Lake

Soil nutrition and land conservation were also issues that leaders planned to discuss during the tour….