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WELCOME, REBECCA OSLAND

WELCOME: The AISWCD is pleased to welcome Rebecca Osland as she joins the team! Rebecca will be training alongside AISWCD Grant Manager Sarah Jones throughout the months of July and August, before Jones departs for law school in the fall. Jones will certainly be missed, but is beginning an exciting new chapter in her professional career!

Osland joins the AISWCD staff after several years of policy work at Illinois Stewardship Alliance (ISA), where she advocated for state and federal policies to bolster the local food economy and promote sustainable agriculture. Rebecca helmed ISA’s advocacy efforts regarding, for example, SWCD funding, the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, federal conservation programs, and 13 successful state legislative initiatives from soil health to hemp farming. In this role, she developed relationships with numerous SWCD partners, including state agencies, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and sister agricultural and environmental nonprofits. Her professional experience also includes banking, financial advising, law, and harvesting vegetables. She holds a law degree and masters degree in tax law from Northwestern University and a bachelors degree in political science from the University of Chicago, where her 2005 senior paper examined relationships between agriculture policy and food experiences of low income households. She dreams of having a small farm of her own, but in the meantime, she and her partner grow most of their own produce in a backyard garden and community garden(s) and she crafts her own herbal remedies.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Rebecca Osland! She may be reached via email at Rebecca.Osland@aiswcd.org or by calling 217-744-3414. 
 
RESCHEDULED DATES!

ATTEND! The AISWCD  has rescheduled two dates previously postponed due to spring flooding and delayed planting! The revised schedule may be found below.

The AISWCD highly encourages SWCD Chairs, Directors, and Staff to attend these free regional workshops. New, need-to-know information will be presented concerning the Illinois Department of Agriculture's "Fall Covers for Spring Savings" cover crop initiative which should be getting underway soon!

Cover Crop & Soil Health SWCD Workshop Schedule:

July 26th:
Decatur | Macon County | 9AM - 3PM
Millikan University
Speaker: David Kleinschmidt

August 8th:
Galesburg | Knox County | 9 AM - 3 PM 
Knox County Farm Bureau
Speaker: Pete Fandel

August 12th:
Sycamore | DeKalb County | 9 AM - 3 PM
DeKalb County Farm Bureau
Speaker: Jim Iserman

August 20th:
Mt. Vernon | Jefferson County | 9 AM - 3 PM
Lewis Community Center
Speaker: John Pike 

Don't delay - please RSVP today!

Email or call Steve Chard at Steve.Chard@aiswcd.org or call 217-744-3414.
 
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FLASHBACK: Photo from a Ladies Auxiliary meeting. The photo caption reads "Mrs. Larry Moore - Edgar County". 
 
IRAP PROGRAM

IRAP - LEARN MORE: Visit with IDNR at the AISWCD's 71st Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference (July 15th & 16th - Crowne Plaza Springfield) to learn about the IRAP program! 
 
NEWS
IDOA Introduces Prevented Planting Cover Crop Initiative

Due to the extreme wet weather conditions experienced this growing season, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) has introduced a targeted cover crop initiative program. The Prevented Planting Cover Crop (PPCC) incentive program is one of two cover crop programs being administered by IDOA this year.

Read more via IDOA Press Release
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