A recently-released study shows that soil and water conservation districts (SWCDs) are part of a $411 million industry that supports more than 3,300 Minnesota jobs. The state study analyzed the economic impact of the National Resources Conservation Service, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, the Farm Service Agency’s Conservation Reserve Program, and SWCDs.
Specifically, the 2016 study found that SWCDs contribute approximately 635 jobs to Minnesota’s economy and create $68 million in economic activity.
“The best part about the economic impact of SWCDs is that it can be felt in every region of the state,” said LeAnn Buck, executive director of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. “We are proud to have a boots-on-the ground presence in every Minnesota community, working with landowners on a voluntary basis to improve water quality and soil health.”
The study was conducted using Impact Analysis for Planning software, a trusted model to estimate economic impacts. The results were analyzed and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is the first-ever economic impact study of conservation delivery partnership’s work in Minnesota.