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AG DAY AT THE FAIR

SWCDS PRAISED: The AISWCD joined several hundred others to celebrate Illinois agriculture at the Illinois State Fair. Illinois Department of Agriculture Director John Sullivan gave a special call out to the SWCDs of Illinois during the breakfast program, noting to the audience their great efforts to assist landowners and farm operators earlier this spring with historic flooding events and a delayed planting season. 
 
FARM FAMILIES HONORED

RECOGNIZED: The AISWCD was pleased to see the 2019 Conservation Farm Families honored during Ag Day festivities at the Illinois State Fair. In this photo, representatives of the Mueller Family (Rock Island County) and the Aldridge Family (Lawrence County) pose with representatives of AISWCD, IDOA, and award sponsor, Prairie Farmer. 
 
AG DAY ADVOCACY

RAISING THE PROFILE: Ag Day at the Illinois State Fair provides an excellent opportunity for AISWCD to connect with policy makers and positively promote the work of SWCDs.

ABOVE: AISWCD's Rebecca Osland chatted with Representative Charlie Meier (R-Highland), Republican Spokesperson for the House Ag Committee. Osland has worked with Meier on issues extensively in the past, and was glad to catch up.

BELOW-LEFT: AISWCD said hello to State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, and discussed his office's Ag Invest Program.  

BELOW-RIGHT: AISWCD caught up with Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Moline) and had the opportunity to learn more about her proposed 'Rural Green Partnership' which includes increased resources for federal conservation programs. AISWCD staff is learning more about the policy, and is working to setup meetings with her office to discuss it in greater detail.
 
FARM PROGRESS SHOW 2019
FEATURED NEWS 

AISWCD President Steve Stierwalt continues to champion conservation in national news. Stierwalt conducted a second interview with Bloomberg News, a major national news publication. 

Read the full story via Bloomberg

 

Rock Island SWCD staff members provided excellent insights on the future of conservation at an event hosted by Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-Moline), in which she discussed her 'Rural Green Partnership' initiative which aims to combat climate change and spur rural economic growth.

Read the full story via The Dispatch-Argus

 
MT. VERNON SWCD WORKSHOP

WORKSHOP: Last call! Calling all SWCD Directors and staff! The final installment of the AISWCD's 'SWCD Cover Crop & Soil Health Workshops' is this coming Tuesday, August 20th at the Roland Lewis Community Center in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The free event is scheduled for 9AM - 3PM, with a barbecue lunch provided. John Pike is the featured speaker! Please RSVP to Steve Chard at steve.chard@aiswcd.org ASAP! View the event agenda below. 
 
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MEETUP

CONNECT: You never know who you will run into! AISWCD Secretary Dale Shumaker ran into Representative Mike Bost (R-Murphysboro), a member of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, at the Olive Branch Community Center. Readers please note that sharp looking SWCD hat! 
 
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY

FLASHBACK: The Henry County SWCD Annual Tour at the Marvin Novotny Farm on August 19th, 1980. Enjoy! 
 
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