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2020 Illinois Seminars Scheduled

Tue, November 05, 2019

Carve out time in your January Calendar now!


With the crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions, and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high. If you haven’t yet got on board with all the sustainable and regenerative changes in agriculture, attending one of the January 21-23 seminars might be just what you need.


Start making plans now to attend one of the 2020 Conservation Cropping Seminar events. Speakers and special guests include Hans Kok, Indiana Soil Health Consultant; Bryan Young, Purdue University Weed and Chemistry professor; and Rick and Aaron Clark, Illinois conservation farmers on the cutting edge of making things do-able and profitable.


These meetings can introduce farmers to the information, the scientific research, and testimonial evidence they need to take steps in transforming their own farm operations. Farmers learn from the speakers at these events, but they also learn from each other as they share successes and lessons learned.  Register early to reserve a spot at the location closest to them: January 21st in Mt. Vernon, January 22nd in Bloomington, or January 23rd in Rochelle, Illinois.

Register online at or call the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) at (217) 352-3536.


Each seminar costs just $20, payable by check or credit card, and it includes lunch. The 2020 events start early and end before 4 pm, with time scheduled during the day to meet and visit speakers, sponsors, or chat with other participants in a small group setting.

Illinois farmers are growing more interested in finding solutions and strategies that can improve success with challenging weather conditions. I believe more farmers are ready to take steps to make small improvements on their farm that make sense environmentally and economically. These seminars are the perfect place to begin having those conversations and start making those changes.


January 21, 2020   –  The Double Tree Hotel – 222 Potomac Blvd. in Mt. Vernon, IL – Contact: Gary (618) 980-0117

January 22, 2020   –  The Double Tree Hotel – 10 Brickyard Dr. in Bloomington, IL – Contact: Marty (309) 634-6243

January 23, 2020   –  Hickory Grove Conf. Ctr. – 1127 N. 7th St. in Rochelle, IL – Contact: Joe (815) 786-4373

These events offer producers an opportunity to gather facts and make decisions that fit their own operation.


To learn more and to register, visit the Champaign County SWCD website Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors, and reach local and new clients. See website for details.

Primary sponsors and organizers of seminars include Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.



Farm Progress Show: Conservation Progress: Past, Present, Future

Fri, July 12, 2019

Are you attending the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL this summer? The excitement begins August 27 - 29 and the show promises to be full of new things to see, hear, and learn. Don’t miss the “Partners in Conservation” tent. We’ll be looking for you to visit us at location 26E over in the Southeast Quad. You can’t miss us—we’re the white tent with big blue flags, a 1935 Soil Erosion Service pickup truck, and a huge soil pit out front!

The Partner’s in Conservation theme for 2019 is Conservation Progress: Past, Present, Future. Our conservation movement has an impressive past, a strong presence today, and an exciting future given the new technology and research underway. There’s a lot to celebrate and so much more all the Partners in conservation can do when we continue to work together.


There’s such a growing interest in farming the right way and the important role local farmers play. All SWCD board members and district directors to visit our tent. See first-hand the energy and enthusiasm for conservation.


All partners and organizations in the Partners in Conservation tent are eager to attend the 2019 Decatur show to celebrate accomplishments and convince even more Illinois farmers to increase their interest and commitment to conservation on their farm. Visit the tent and learn what ideas will work best on your acres. Tent attractions include an enclosed beehive, pollinator plant species and a monarch observation area, the wetland tank, a tabletop Denitrifying Bioreactor display/demo, the Soil Health Tunnel, a soil pit and rainfall simulator, and an antique tractor and high-tech soil probe truck.

There are so many conservation concepts to see and technical professionals to talk to, you don’t want to miss it!. To learn more, visit the Farm Progress Show website at

Who will you find in the “Partners in Conservation” tent? Sixteen groups you should know:

American Farmland Trust       IL Environmental Protection Agency IL Stewardship Alliance

Association of Illinois SWCDs           IL Land Improvement Contractors Assn.  Macon County SWCD  

IL Department of Agriculture           IL Rural Water Assn.     Mason State Nursery

IL Department of Natural Resources     IL Soil Classifiers Assn. Trees Forever

IL Environmental Council     IL State Bee Keepers Assn.  USDA NRCS

US Geological Survey




Upper Macoupin Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer funding in Macoupin County for the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed project through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). 

NRCS partners with American Farmland Trust to help producers address resource concerns such as degraded water quality and soil erosion.

Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement practices such as drainage water management, denitrifying bioreactors, saturated buffers, cover crop, nutrient management, and no-till. The project focus is to improve water quality in the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed located in portions of Macoupin County.

NRCS RCPP funding is available to Macoupin County producers whose land is located in the Upper Macoupin Creek Watershed.

To take advantage of this conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit applications by the cutoff dates of April 19 and May 17, 2019.

However, NRCS encourages producers to submit applications at any time to the NRCS Carlinville Field Office because they are accepted throughout the year.

To apply, eligible producers should contact the NRCS Carlinville Field Office at 300 Carlinville Plaza, Carlinville, Illinois 62626. Phone: 217-854-2626 ext. 3.




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