Champaign County group hopes farmers reach for the STAR
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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Soil and Water Conservation District begins strategic planning process
The board of directors of the Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District recently decided to embark on a strategic planning process that will create a road map for their future. The effort will begin this fall and wrap up by the end of the year.

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Learning where food comes from
The University of Illinois Extension Ag in the Classroom program started the new academic school year by teaching students where their favorite foods come from.

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Benet students participate in National Envirothon
Five students from Benet Academy in Lisle recently represented Illinois at the National Envirothon in Pocatello, Idaho. The annual event is sponsored by the National Conservation Foundation and is hosted by a different state each year.

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Field day takeaway: ‘Cover crops really aren’t all that hard’
GOLDEN, Ill. — Andrew Reuschel wants his fellow farmers to know one thing about cover crops.

“Cover crops really aren’t that hard,” the Golden farmer said. “They can be fairly easy to manage. They can do wonders for your soils in terms of not only just erosion but nutrient cycling.”

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Dredging Project To Address Erosion Along Woods Creek Streambank
LAKE IN THE HILLS, IL –The village of Lake in the Hills was awarded a grant that will help pay for streambank stabilization improvements along the Woods Creek streambank, which is experiencing severe erosion. The erosion causes silt and sediment build-up which decreases the channel depth and must be remedied by periodic channel dredging. The dredging typically costs $300,000 each time it is done, according to a news release.

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Jackman family named conservation winners
AISWCD has announced Lawrence County, Ill., farmers Harold, Larry, Ron, Chris and Chad Jackman and their families as winners of the 2018 Conservation Farm Family Award.

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Conservation Camp held at Lake Thunderbird
Marshall-Putnam River Conservancy District, the Marshall-Putnam SWCD and the Marshall-Putnam U of I Extension office, held the annual Conservation Camp at Lake Thunderbird recently for 50 grade school aged kids. Ten volunteers and presenters offered a day of fun and learning about nature and conservation.

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