Fillmore Soil and Water
     Conservation District
     507-765-3878 Ext. 3

     900 Washington St. NW
     Preston, MN 55965

Conservationist of the Year


Kevin and Kris Borgen, of Chatfield, have been selected as the 2017 Fillmore County Outstanding Conservationists

The Borgen Brothers farm 558 acres consisting of corn, soybeans and pasture with well maintained grassed waterways, contour strips and several farm ponds.  They have no-tilled since 1998 on all acres that don't receive manure in the spring.  They plant cover crops on about 30 acres following corn silage.  The University of Minnesota and Minnesota Department of Agriculture have conducted on-farm nitrogen studies with them to improve their operation while sharing information with others.

The Borgen's have an 80 cow dairy herd and also have 40 beef cows.  In 2006, they completed a feedlot fix.  A wall was installed in a manure retaining area with a picket fence designed to capture solids while allowing liquids to pass through an outlet to a vegetated filter strip.  They also have a tank for milk house waste that is pumped daily and land applied.  A manure management plan is updated yearly with the SWCD, even though not required, because of the benefits they derive from it.


They have a half-acre pollinator plot enrolled in CSP which will remain after the contract ends along with eight acres in CRP enrolled on highly erodible land.  The DNR have a fishing easement and have completed a habitat improvement project on Trout Run Creek which runs through their property.

The Borgen and Lien (Kevin's wife's family) families are Adopt a Highways volunteers for a mile-long stretch of Highway 30.











The Borgen families will be honored at a luncheon at the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts' Annual Convention on Tuesday, December 5th at the Double Tree by Hilton, Bloomington-Minneapolis South.  They will compete with representatives from around the state for the title of 2017 Minnesota Outstanding Conservationists.

                  Congratulations Kevin and Kris on your conservation accomplishments!


Past Outstanding Conservationists

2016 - Jeff & Norman Eickhoff

2015 - Goldsmith Brothers, Ross & Steve

2014 - John & Deb Bruihler

2013 - Arden & Judy Willford

2012 - Duschee Hills Dairy

2011 - Larry and Irene Mathison & Loren and Carrie Mathison

2010 - Bailey Brothers

2009 - Dan & Sherry Hanson  

2008 - Arlo & Mary Helen Schmitt

2007 - Heusinkveld Farm - Cleon, Steve, Jeff, Nate

2006 - Gary & Deborah Anderson

2005 - The Serfling Family - Dave, Diane, Hannah, Ethan

2004 - Phil & Ruth Abrahamson

2003 - David & Alice Terbeest

2002 - Jerry & Ardis Rindels

2001 - Sass Family Farms

2000 - Dean, Glen & Doris Thomas

1999 - Maynard & Sandi Thompson

1998 - Dan & Cara Miller

1997 - 1976 Outstanding Conservationists

Other Award Winners

2009 - Teacher Award - Craig Colbenson

2009 - Community Conservationists - City of Rushford

2008 - Education Award - Vance & Bonnie Haugen


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