Whiteside County Soil and Water
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2020 Summer Newsletter

The Whiteside County SWCD 2020 summer newsletter is available. The fall tree and fish order forms are included in the newsletter, please keep the order deadlines in mind if you are interested in ordering. Please click the link for to view the newsletter. 

Whiteside County SWCD 2020 Summer Newsletter

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USDA and Coronavirus/COVID-19


Due to public health concerns, this service center is open by phone appointment only.

You can call: FSA: 815-772-2124 ext 2 or NRCS/SWCD: 815-772-2124 ext 3 to make an appointment.

Agricultural producers should visit farmers.gov/coronavirus for the latest information on available services and the latest status of service centers impacted by these locally-specific health measures.

Natural Area Guardian's Scholarship Recipient: Erin Stichter 

The Scholarship Committee of the Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians is proud to announce that Erin Stichter, the daughter of Brandon and Casey Stichter of Erie, is the recipient of the Natural Area Guardians scholarship for the 2020-2021 school year.

Erin is a 2018 graduate of Erie High School and will be a senior at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, pursuing a degree in Agronomy. She has been involved in a wide variety of experiences in soils and conservation. She has been part of the Iowa State University Judging Team, is president of the Agronomy Club, and has studied abroad in Costa Rica. Erin has received hands-on work experiences while interning at Sargent’s, Golden Harvest Seeds, and Wyffels Hybrids. At Iowa State, Erin has been involved in soybean research and is a teaching assistant in a soil science class. These are just some of her many accomplishments.

Every year, the Whiteside County Natural Area Guardians, a committee of the Whiteside County Soil and Water Conservation District, offers scholarships to college students in their junior or senior year who are pursuing a degree in the area of conservation, agriculture, and/or environment. Further information concerning the group or the scholarship is available at: whitesidecountyswcd.com.

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Whiteside County USDA - New Location

We are excited to inform you that the Whiteside USDA has moved to 400 Wilkens Drive, Morrison, IL 61270. However due to COVID-19, we are still only open by phone appointment only. If you call, please be patient, we will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!!
In need of a Land Evaluation Site Assessment? 

Go to the LINKS tab on the left of this screen and click the appropriate link for the form. There is a $750.00 base fee which includes the first acre, every acre after that is $20.00 per acre. If you have any questions, let us know. 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.

Need information on pollinator gardens? Click the link below to find a Pollinator Garden Design Guide provided by NRCS. 

Pollinator Garden Design Guide



Wood Duck Houses:

Functional rustic wood duck houses, $55 each for front opening boxes. You will need to supply the pole, clamps and wood shavings. Put no more than 3" of wood shavings on the bottom. The rougher the wood, the more use it will get. Let us know if you are interested in purchasing one by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3. Thank you.





We still have plenty of uncleaned black oil sunflower seed for sale. No guarantees on weed content or purity of the seed but should be suitable for bird feed. There will be approximately 20 pounds for the cost of $5.00. We have bags available but you may also bring containers if you would like instead of bags. Let us know if you would like any by calling 815-772-2124 ext 3 and make up pick up arrangements.
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Natural Area Guardians

If you are interested in preserving the lands natural beauty and would like to volunteer to help the with the native areas, please see the info listed in the Natural Area Guardian section of the website. To become a NAG member or if you have any questions, comments or concerns, they can be directed to our office at 815-772-2124 ext 3. 


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