Champaign County group hopes farmers reach for the STAR

(Via The News-Gazette) Champaign – If a homeowner wants an energy-efficient washing machine, they can look for an Energy Star appliance. If a college wants to show that it’s newest building is “green,” it can be certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, program. But if a farmer wants to show that his or her field uses sustainable farming practices, there’s not a popular certification program to turn to. The Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District is hoping to change that with the STAR program, which stands for Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources.

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