Conservation Policy & Outreach

Sand County Foundation works in partnership with other national organizations to improve state and federal conservation policies that view farmers and ranchers as drivers of environmental improvement and break down barriers to conservation adoption.

Among our many outreach efforts, we engage farmers and ranchers in performance-based conservation practices, convene water quality professionals to address watershed issues, and connect historically underserved farmers and ranchers with conservation mentors and resources as part of our Land Ethic Mentorship Program.

    Municipal-Agricultural Watershed Partnerships

    Sand County Foundation and the Environmental Policy Innovation Center are leading an effort to forge partnerships between cities and farmers in their watershed to improve water quality and save taxpayer dollars.

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    Land Ethic Mentorship

    The Land Ethic Mentorship program is a free opportunity for historically underserved farmers to connect with a conservation mentor and other resources.

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    Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds

    Leadership for Midwestern Watersheds is a forum for watershed professionals who lead projects that reduce agricultural runoff.

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    Performance Based Conservation

    This approach to conservation on agricultural land provides the greatest benefit to water quality, while providing a high level of flexibility to the farmer.

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