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August 25, 2023

Parkland College – Tony Noel Center

In Person-$35.00/Virtual $20.00


8:30 am – Registration

9:00am – Welcome: Susan Adams President of the Mahomet Aquifer Consortium

9:05 am – Illinois State Water Plan/Questions – Wes Cattoor, IDNR

9:30am – HTEM of the Mahomet Aquifer – Jason Thomason, Illinois State Geological


9:45am – Illinois Water Survey and IDNR Scientific Studies – Defining Sustainability

And Sustainable Water Use/ IDNR Tier 1, 2 and Tier 3 – Future Update of

Water Use Study, “Sustainability and Supply and Demand Assessment” -

Daniel Abrams Illinois State Water Survey

10:15am – Principals Behind Irrigation Nationally and in Illinois – George Roadcap

Mahomet Aquifer Consortium, Steve Wilson, ISWS

10:45am – Irrigation Panel: Jeff Smith-Panel Narrator: Scott Budke – Crop X,

Soil Moisture Probes and Apps, Randy Fornoff – Mason County, Opey

Rowel – Mason County, John Breedlove – Variable Rate Irrigation, Mark

Pflugmacher – Champaign County

11:45am – Lunch Provided – Hickory River Barbeque

12:15pm – Breakout Sessions “Stakeholders Defining Sustainability” – Virtual and On

Site Sessions. What Sustainability Means to Stakeholders and Sustainable

Water Use.

1:15pm – Break

1:30pm – Results of Breakout Sessions – Defining Sustainability and Water Use and


2:30pm – Adjournment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell, The Land Connection Phone: 217-840-2128 Email: Explore regenerative grazing through hands-on learning


Champaign, IL, June 3, 2022 – Are you an agricultural professional or technical advisor seeking answers for your farmer and landowner clients about regenerative livestock integration into a farming operation? Do you wish you had more hands-on field experience with regenerative grazing practices? The Embarras Grazing Partnership is excited to offer two summer field days at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC in Hamilton County, Illinois, focused on teaching and demonstrating the principles behind regeneratively grazing livestock. The field days will include discussion around grazing cattle, sheep, pigs, and chickens.

Join us on Monday, June 27, for two half-day sessions at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT. The morning session, presented by grazing consultant, Ed Ballard, will focus on assessing forage health and diversity. Lunch will be provided to attendees. In the afternoon, Matt Bunger, State Grazing Lands Specialist with NRCS in Illinois, and Grant Bauman of Bauman Family Farms, will lead a session on the design of permanent fencing and water structures.

On Tuesday, June 28, two more half-day sessions will take place at the Burnt Hill Cattle Co., LLC from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT, following a similar format to the first day. In the morning, we’ll learn from Trevor Toland, owner and operator of Toland’s River Oak Ranch, about designing and setting up a paddock. Following lunch, the host farmer, Logan Karcher of Burnt Hill, will lead a session on multi-species grazing and how they manage cattle, sheep, and pigs on their own operation utilizing regenerative grazing techniques.

Registration for the field days is available now at: Registration is $25 per day or $40 for both days. Scholarships are available if the registration fee presents a barrier to you attending the field days. Certified Crop Adviser CEU’s have been applied for each session. Please contact Cassidy Dellorto-Blackwell at or 217-840-2128 if you have questions about scholarships, the registration process, or accessibility needs. Upon registration, you will receive the field day address and driving directions in advance of the event. This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, through the North Central Region SARE program under project number ENC21-202. USDA is an equal opportunity employer and service provider. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

About the Embarras Grazing Partnership: The Embarras Grazing Partnership (EGP) is focused on increasing regenerative grazing in the Embarras River watershed to improve soil health and water quality. It is a collaborative effort of Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District, Illinois Soybean Association, Pasture Project, The Land Connection, and University of Illinois Extension. ###

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