No-Till November

No-Till November is underway! Keep the stubble! No-till prevents erosion and builds soil health, and can also pad farmers’ bottom lines. #KeepTheStubble #DoNotDisturb   Using No-Till this Fall Give your farm a rugged, natural look By Spencer Miller | USDA-NRCS  Many farmers till during the fall. This year, we encourage Read more…

Improving Water Quality in Illinois

Conservation & Water Quality One conservation practice that greatly benefits water quality, yet is often overlooked, is wetlands. Consider promoting this practice in your District or constructing one on your land in an area with consistent low yields, or in a tucked-away corner that could infiltrate tile water. For more Read more…

NLRS News from Around the State

NLRS News from Around the State by Steve Fulling My name is Steve Fulling and I live in Palestine, located in Crawford County. I am co-chair of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD) Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Subcommittee, alongside Knox County Resource Conservationist Kara Downin. In Read more…

“Soil health protects farmers, taxpayers”

(Via Herald & Review) Decatur – Illinois farmers are losing their soil at record rates. Conservationists know how to stop the problem, but they say improvements aren’t happening because of an industry-wide trend. Farmers don’t own the land they work on. Nonfarming landlords own 80 percent of U.S. farmland, according to Read more…

LEARN ABOUT THE S.T.A.R. PROGRAM!

The Stewardship Committee of the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District has developed a FREE tool to assist farm operators and land owners in evaluating their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields. The S.T.A.R. (Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources) evaluation system assigns points for each cropping, tillage, nutrient application and soil conservation Read more…

Farm Bill Passes Senate Ag Committee

Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor reported on Wednesday that, “A Senate panel approved a modest, bipartisan rewrite of federal farm and nutrition programs on Wednesday, sidestepping a fight for now but setting up a clash with House Republicans intent on beefing up work requirements for food stamps. Read more …HERE.