Join us! It is our pleasure to invite you to the 2022 Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference scheduled for Sunday, July 17th – Tuesday, July 19th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Springfield! This years theme is “Building Resilience: What’s Old is Now New”.

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD), is a grass roots organization formed in 1948. It is made up of and serves Illinois’ 97-member Soil and Water Conservation Districts, or SWCDs. Soil & Water Conservation Districts work to protect Illinois’s greatest assets – the rich, fertile soils and water resources of the state through strategic conservation efforts. SWCDs, working in conjunction with agricultural as well as environmental stakeholders, have for decades over played a central role in efforts to protect and sustain the viability of Illinois’ natural resources for future generations. Each year, member districts gather to conduct association business, attend training seminars, network, and socialize!

Conferences in recent years have had nearly 400 attendees. The two-day conference can provide you with the opportunity to network with conservation professionals, landowners, partnering organizations, and government agencies. It also provides a venue to discover new services, technologies, and programs – register today!

 

SCHEDULE OVERVIEW:

Sunday, July 17th, 2022

03:30 PM – 04:30 PM
Registration open

05:00 PM – 07:00 PM
Social: An evening on the lake!

Monday, July 18th, 2022

07:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Registration Open

08:00 AM – 09:00 AM
Opening Ceremony

09:00 AM – 11:30 AM
General Sessions

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Awards Luncheon

01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
General Sessions

03:00 PM – 03:15 PM
Break

03:15 PM – 05:00 PM
General Sessions

05:00 PM – 05:30 PM
Break

05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Farm Family Awards Dinner

07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Auction

Tuesday, July 19th, 2022

07:30 AM – 01:00 PM
Registration Open

07:30 AM – 08:30 AM
Auxiliary Stewardship Breakfast

08:30 AM – 10:30 AM
General Sessions

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Break

10:45 AM – 11:45 AM
Breakout Sessions / Multiple Topics

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Lunch

12:30 PM – 01:15 PM
SWCD Director & Employee Forums

01:15 PM – 01:30 PM
Break

01:30 PM – End
Annual Meeting

 

SPEAKERS & TOPICS:

Dr. Michael Woods
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Topic: Climate Change Mitigation

Joel Tatum
American Farmland Trust
Topic: Solar Information

Rick Clark
Farm Green, Clark Land and Cattle
Topic: Regenerative Agriculture

Jean Brokish
American Farmland Trust
Topic: Carbon Credit Marketing

Christine Davis (IEPA) &
Jeff Boeckler (Northwater Consulting)
Topic: Watersheds

Jean Brokish
American Farmland Trust
Topic: Producer Led Watershed Groups

Cyndi Young
Brownfield Ag News
Topic: Emcee of Farm Family Awards Dinner

David Nguyen
Association of Illinois SWCDs
Topic: Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR)

Curtis Sinclair (Illinois Extension) &
Dale Shumaker (AISWCD)
Topic: Forestry

Brian Rennecker
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Topic: Agency Updates

Cassidy Dellorted-Blackwell
The Land Connection
Topic: Landowner Incentive Strategies

Patrick McPartlan
Kane-DuPage SWCD
Topic: The Illinois Urban Manual

Heather Boise
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Topic: GATA Training

Ryan Arch
Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association
Topic: Projects Overview

Larry Glover-Meade
USDA – NRCS
Topic: Training Needs Inventory (TNI)

Ashley Curran
Association of Illinois SWCDs
Topic: Grants and Agreements

 

REGISTER:

Please click HERE to complete the registration form. Registration forms may be emailed to info@aiswcd.org or mailed via postal mail to:

AISWCD
4285 North Walnut Street Road
Springfield, Illinois 62707

Lodging may be obtained by contacting the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center – the base room rate is $85 per night.

We’re sorry, but we do not accept electronic payment for registration at this time.

 

SPONSORS:

The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts would like to thank the Illinois Department of Agriculture for it’s sponsorship of meals at the 2022 Annual Meeting and Summer Training Conference. 

Additional sponsorships opportunities exist! Please consider becoming a table sponsor whereby your organization’s name and logo will be featured on a table where conference attendees will enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner! The cost is $200.

Please email info@aiswcd.org with the subject “2022 Table Sponsor” along with the sponsoring organization’s name and artwork to reserve your table sponsorship!

 

EXHIBITORS:

Make an introduction! If your business or organization is looking to introduce your programs, products, or services to conservation leaders, this is the place to do so!

Exhibitors will be placed in visible, high traffic areas along with other vendors. These areas provide special value – it is where conference attendees take breaks, refresh, and socialize! Each exhibitor space includes one skirted table and two chairs, and one lunch ticket per day. Acknowledgement will also be provided in printed materials and online! The cost is $350 for non-profits or agencies and $500 for private or commercial businesses.

Please email info@aiswcd.org with the subject “2022 Exhibitor” to reserve exhibitor space today!


MORE INFORMATION

Contact AISWCD by calling Steve Chard at 217-744-3414 or info@aiswcd.org!

 

 

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