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CONFERENCE SURVEY

SURVEY: Your feedback is sought! The survey link was sent last week in the AISWCD E-News. Please use the link below and take a moment to provide us with survey feedback to help us improve your conference experience!
 
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FUNNY COVER CROPS VIDEO!

HILARIOUS! Fans of the musician Ed Sheeran will get a kick out of this fun parody video promoting cover crops and soil health produced by a group of young farmers.
 
LEGISLATIVE FARM TOUR

FARM TOUR: AISWCD President Steve Stierwalt hosted a legislative farm tour featuring Senate Agriculture & Conservation Chair Senator Scott Bennett last week. From left to right; AISWCD President Steve Stierwalt, Erin Bush (Champaign County SWCD), Liz Rupel (Stewardship Alliance), Senator Scott Bennett, Rebecca Osland (AISWCD), State Conservationist Ivan Dozier (NRCS), Lindsay Keeney (Environmental Council), Jacquelyn Evers (The Land Connection), Brian Rennecker (Department of Agriculture), Eliot Clay (Environmental Council).

BELOW: Farm tour attendees discuss conservation issues. 
 
NEW RESOURCE!

NEW: Requesting certificates of insurance made easier! Use the email and or web address provided in the above to request certificates!
 
MEMBER DISTRICT EVENT
 
ABOVE: AISWCD staff attended the Christian County "Ag Appreciation Luncheon", an event sponsored in part by the Christian County Soil and Water Conservation District. From left to right: Melissa Cauble (Montgomery County SWCD), Sue Davis (Christian County SWCD), Grant Hammer (AISWCD), Patricia Fuchs (Mongomery county SWCD), and Rebecca Osland (AISWCD).
 
BELOW: AISWCD Executive Director Hammer visits with Stacie Barker Hackler of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin's office, along with Dick Breckenridge.
  
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NEWS
Opinion: Bipartisan Fix for Farmers is a Win for Clean Water

Let’s just say it: I have always been a nerd. For non-nerds, this may not sizzle; but for those who understand the value of good farming for a better environment, this is going to be huge. This month, a bipartisan group of Senators worked together with the USDA to make a common sense fix on regulations for farmers, which will ultimately be a victory for clean water, cover crops (and nerds).

Read more via AgriPulse
Farm Fair III: Agriculture and Conservation

The Effingham Daily News presents the third installment of its Farm Fair special sections on Friday. This week, the newspaper looks at the economics of agriculture and conservation.

The Kevin Flach family was named the Effingham County Conservation Family of the Year for 2018 by the Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District. The family farm is mostly no till with one of the fields being no till for over 40 years.

Kevin’s father started the no-tilling practice before Kevin took over the farm. In addition to farming no-till, Kevin has installed quail buffers, a pollinator habitat and uses filter strips to protect the soil.

Read more via Effingham Daily News
BLOG POST: Illinois Funds Fall Covers for Spring Savings

Congratulations to Illinois, the second state in the nation to offer its farmers a crop insurance reward for cover crops!

Cover crops are a tremendously important practice for improving soil health and reducing nitrogen and phosphorus pollution to waterways. Friday, Illinois took an important step toward meeting its nutrient loss reduction goals by funding the Fall Covers for Spring Savings Program in the Illinois budget.

Read more via NRDC's Blog
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