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Rural -land owner resources

Rural areas, like small acreages and crop fields, make up a little over half of the landscape in Polk County. These rural areas are an important part of our local communities and they often have a close relationship with creeks, drainage, and rainfall.  To assist rural areas, Polk County relies on several key partners including the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Polk Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD).

Both NRCS and Polk SWCD provide a series of resources including programs to assist landowners and farmers with the construction of conservation practices such as ponds, grassed waterways, and terraces along with management practices such as no-till, cover crops, and nutrient management. 

Rural acreage owners will also find programs to assist with prairie establishments, windbreaks, and woodland management.

Polk SWCD and the NRCS resources and staff are available by stopping into the USDA Service Center located at 1513 N Ankeny Blvd. Ste. 3, Ankeny, IA 50023 or by phone at 515-964-1883 ext. 3

 Additional information can also be found by following the links below:

https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/ia/home/

https://www.polk-swcd.org/