Benton County SWCD
The Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District was first organized on April 12th, 1940 as a result of a national movement for change due to the combination of drought and the Great Depression wreaking havoc on the country’s farm ground. Originally named the Prairie Soil and Water Conservation District, its highest priority was to create a public awareness of the impact of soil erosion.
Flash forward almost eighty years since origination and the mission still greatly revolves around soil loss. The Benton County SWCD works with farmers, landowners, and community members daily to provide both technical and financial assistance to help with conservation efforts specific to their needs. Staff work to secure grants to offset conservation practice cost and provide education through workshops, field days, and tours to teach ways of effectively implementing conservation.
The District is governed by a board of supervisors with three elected members and two appointed by the board at the spring annual meeting. The board’s role is to help direct and advise the District staff of the conservation needs of the county. The Benton County SWCD is one of nearly 3,000 conservation districts across the country helping to conserve land, water, forests, wildlife, and other natural resources.
What We Do
Finance and Education
The Benton County Soil and Water Conservation District provides educational and financial assistance (referred to as cost-share) for conservation practices to farmers, landowners, and the public.
We work with a variety of partners under what is called the Indiana Conservation Partnership
We serve as a resource center for questions on natural resources, particularly in regards to their relationship with agricultural practices in the county.
Benton County SWCD
305 E 1st St
Fowler, IN 47944