Local Groups


2017 | Peno Creek Watershed

Missouri Department of Conservation, NRCS and others are providing technical and cost share assistance to Peno Creek Cooperative Partnership for watering systems, riparian corridor tree plantings, stream fencing and stream crossings.

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100 Peno and Spencer Creek watershed farmers learn about soil health

Proving collaboration is possible

Cooperation between local partners in Pike County is increasing the number of cover cropped acres. Producers John and Sandy Scherder say it has everything to do with the will to connect.

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Fishers & Farmers Partnership's Watershed Leadership Network workshops

Growing grassroots change: Farmer-led conservation is getting a little help from its friends

“A watershed group was worth a try,” said farmer Brian McCulloh, “so I attended meetings with an open mind. It helps when neighbors struggle with the same challenges, to do better.”

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Native trees and grasses on the banks of Huzzah Creek

Landowner-led effort jumpstarts conservation practice adoption

Shoal Creek Woodlands for Wildlife, a bottom-up, self-organized group of local landowners and collaborators, connected neighbors and jumpstarted rapid adoption of conservation practices across the watershed.

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Neighbor to Neighbor | Peno Creek Cooperative Partnership

Hear how producer John Scherder and MDC Fisheries regional lead Chris Williamson connected and turned a ripple of interest into a wave of cover crop adoption in Peno Creek Watershed.

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Boots on the Ground | Shoal Creek Woodlands for Wildlife

A 2008 conversation made conservation easier in Rachel Hopkins’ watershed. “There wasn’t much trust between farmers and conservationists,” she says, “but we said what bugged us and formed a farmer-led committee.”

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Boots on the Ground | Peno Creek Landowner Council

“We wanted to collaborate with farmers,” said Missouri Department of Conservation’s Chris Williamson, “but we didn’t know how. So instead of developing a program and trying to pitch it, we listened.”

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