Laclede County Soil and Water District
The district was officially established on January 9, 1967 after qualified landowners overwhelmingly approved the formation of a soil and water district. A five member Board of Supervisors governs the district: four are elected from geographical areas, unchanged since 1967, with the fifth, by State statute, being appointed by University of Missouri Extension. The district has no taxing authority but receives its funding from the State's one-tenth of one percent sales tax administered by the Department of Natural Resources Soil and Water Districts Commission. The district administers the cost-share and loan interest-share incentive programs that provide financial assistance to landowners for conservation purposes. The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the USDA provides technical assistance to the district for all cost-share practices: from pasture improvement to nutrient management systems. Regardless of cost-share availability, technical assistance is available from the district and NRCS on a wide range of conservation resource concerns.
The district sponsors environmental programs designed to reach farmers, landowners, students, teachers, and the general public to highlight the importance of conservation measures. These efforts demonstrate best management practices to preserve our natural resources. We offer a variety of informative materials including a newsletter, brochures, publications, electronic media, and student handout materials. We sponsor informational meetings, tours, exhibits, training conferences, poster contests, and envirothon competition. The district owns two no-till drills, which it rents to landowners. The district has a "spinning jenny" which it will loan out for the installation of high tensile electric fence.