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Conservation Cropping Seminars

Listen, learn and talk to people who know conservation. The time to wait is over. It's time to take action! Join us - join the movement. Bring your soil back to life!   

 

Don't miss information about ways farmers like yourself can improve soil health, learn about cover crops, remain profitable—and even more marketable—by using sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from educators, researchers, experts, and local Illinois farmers!

There will be Question & Answer sessions as well.

2024 CCS - Wednesday, January 31st
9:00 am - 3:00 pm CST

For 2024, the annual Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars will be a hybrid event, held in person at the Illinois Department of Agriculture Atrium in Springfield, Illinois or available virtually for those who are unable to attend in person. In-person space is limited so register today. 

 

For the eleventh year in a row, conservation partners will offer helpful information, data, and farmer testimonials at this conference. The in-person registration costs $25 and includes lunch; the virtual registration cost is $15 and lunch is on your own!  A recording of the event will not be available.  

Complete agenda coming soon!

Please help us Sponsor this seminar!

Sponsorship/Exhibitor opportunities are as follows:

Platinum    $5,000 - up            6 ft table for exhibitor, 1 registration

Gold         $4,999 - $3,500    6 ft table for exhibitor, 1 registration

Silver        $3,499 - $1,000    6 ft table for exhibitor, 1 registration

Bronze      $999 - $250          6 ft table for exhibitor, 1 registration

Sponsorships can be taken online through Illinois ePay or by mail to: Champaign County SWCD, 2110 W Park Court, Stc C, Champaign, IL 61821

Deadline for 2024 sponsorships is January 8, 2024.  Late sponsorships will be accepted but company logos and ads may not be included in seminar PowerPoint loop.  Please email logos and/or advertisements to: Elliot Lagacy and Kathryn Thuestad

Contact the following for more information:

Marty McManus

Debbie Gray

Shelly Ray

 

Past Conservation Cropping Seminars

January 2023

For 2023, the annual Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars was a hybrid event, held in person at the Illinois Department of Agriculture Atrium in Springfield, Illinois, and virtually for those who are unable to attend in person. Conservation partners offered helpful information, data, and farmer testimonials.

Here's a recap of the agenda.  We will not be able to offer a recording of this year's event. 

Agenda:

9:00 am -  Welcome - Jerry Costello, IL Ag Director

9:15 am - Corn Yield Gap Reduction Strategies for Cover Crop Systems- Dr. Shalamar Armstrong, Purdue University

10:05 am - Break & Refreshments

10:20 am - Making Money with Soil Health- Mitchell Hora, Continuum Ag

11:10 am - Using Stewardship Practices in Indiana to Improve On-Farm Sustainability - One Retailer's Experience- Betsy Bower -                   Agronomist, Ceres Solutions Cooperative

12:00 pm - Lunch in the IL Dept. of Ag Building 

12:45 pm - Stacy Zuber, State Soil Health Specialist, USDA NRCS

1:35 pm - Break & Refreshments

1:50 pm - Farmer Panel Discussion - Illinois farmers discuss their operations, lessons learned; Q&A

2:35 - 3:00 pm - Illinois Climate Smart Initiative - Dr. Michael Woods, Manager, Division of Natural Resources, IL. Dept. of Ag

Past Conservation Cropping Seminars

February 2022

Thank you to everyone who attended these virtual events. Click below to watch the seminars.

 

 

For 2022, the annual Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars will again be virtual. Conservation partners will offer helpful information, data, and farmer testimonials in a 3-hour online virtual conference.

 

While it’s not like our normal full-day, in-person get together at three different Illinois locations, it’s still critical that we keep the conservation conversation going - COVID-19 or not! The planning committee has gathered a GREAT keynote speaker, helpful information, and a powerful IL Farmer Panel to tell their story and offer advice and ideas other Illinois farmers can use on their farms. We can’t feed you lunch virtually, so for 2022, your participation at the event is FREE—and lunch is “on your own”!

Agenda:

9:00-9:05 am      Welcome - Ivan Dozier, IL State Conservationist, USDA NRCS

9:05-9:55 am      Keynote - Russell Hedrick, First Generation Farmer, North Carolina

9:55-10:20 am    Opportunities on the Horizon, Carbon Markets - Jean Brokish and Dr. Emily Bruner, American Farmland Trust

10:20-10:45 am  Opportunities on the Horizon, Commercial Scale Agroforestry - Kaitie Adams, Savanna Institute

10:45-10:55 am  Break

10:55-11:45 am  Farmer Panel & Discussion 

  • Cade Bushnell, Ogle County, IL Farmer

  • Jerry Seidel, Jefferson County, IL Farmer

  • Rick Kaesebier, Logan County, IL Farmer

11:45-12:00 pm  Partner Offerings for the Farmer - Collaborating Organizations for CCS

Past Conservation Cropping Seminars

January - February 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended these virtual events. Click below to watch the seminars.

 

 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 
-  Welcome by Director Jerry Costello, Illinois Department of Agriculture

-  Dr. Nic Jelinski, Asst. Professor at University of MN’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

-  Dr. Stacy Zuber, NRCS Soil Health Specialist

-  Joe Rothermel, Farmer from Champaign County focused on STAR

-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers

 

Thursday, January 28, 2021

-  Welcome by Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State Conservationist

-  Ray Archuleta, Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America

-  Ted Krauskopf, Farmer in Madison County with focus on Livestock and Grazing

-  Monte Bottens, Farmer in Cambridge, IL focused on Livestock and Grazing

-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers

 

Thursday, February 4, 2021

-  Welcome by Tom Beyers, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts President

-  Dr. Joel Gruver, Western IL University, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag

-  Chad Bell, Illinois Farmer

-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers

Garden Soil
Conservation Cropping Seminars
Coordinated by:

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

USDA NRCS

Champaign County SWCD

Doug Hanson

Randy McElroy

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