Garden Soil

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.

2022 CCS - Thursday, February 3rd!
9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

For 2022, the annual Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars will again be virtual. For the eighth year in a row, 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”!


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


Watch the recording from the event using the button below.

Meet the Speakers - PNG.png

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:


American Farmland Trust

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership

University of Illinois Extension


Champaign County SWCD

Jefferson County SWCD

McLean County SWCD

Ogle County SWCD