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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 https://www.farmprogressshow.com.


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

 

 

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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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Central IL Migratory Water Fowl Habitat Project

Mon, March 11, 2019

U. S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will offer special funding to improve habitat for migratory water fowl through the Mississippi River Basin Critical Conservation Area portion of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).


NRCS partners with the University of Illinois (U of I) to help producers address resource concerns such as improving wildlife habitat and water quality. Producers can apply for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to implement drainage water management and cover crop practices.


The primary focus is installation of drainage water management practices, which allow producers to manage water that normally leaves the farm through tile drainage. By working with NRCS and the U of I, landowners can manage water more efficiently and allow more habitat for migratory water fowl, such as the American Golden Plover. Drainage water management practices can be installed on new or existing field tile drainage systems located throughout central Illinois.   


NRCS RCPP funding is available to producers whose land is located in the following counties:  Christian, Macon, Shelby, Piatt, Moultrie, Champaign, Douglas, Coles, Cumberland, Vermilion, Edgar and Clark.


To take advantage of this conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit applications by the application cutoff dates of April 19 and May 17, 2019. NRCS reminds producers they can submit an EQIP application to their local field office at any time throughout the year.

To apply, eligible producers should contact their local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

 

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