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ABOVE: Ag Director John Sullivan visiting with AISWCD leadership last week during meetings at the Illinois Department of Agriculture. The AISWCD thanked Director Sullivan for his ongoing support of conservation issues.

READ: NRCS notes by State Conservationist Ivan Dozier. Click the image to read...
POSTPONED! Unfortunately, the Cover Crop & Soil Health SWCD Workshops originally scheduled for June 28th (Galesburg) and July 2nd (DeKalb) must be postponed until later this summer. Delays in spring planting have likely impacted prospective attendance, and AISWCD has determined that these two events should be rescheduled at a later time this summer. We apologize for any inconvenience that this presents. Rescheduled dates for these two events will be made available at the earliest opportunity. Thank you. 

POLLINATORS: In celebration of National Pollinator Week, the AISWCD shared the above image to Twitter. Connect with the AISWCD on Twitter using @AISWCD and download and share the image! 

FLASHBACK: In the spirit of the upcoming summer training conference, the AISWCD shares this throwback to the 43rd Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference. Enjoy, and we hope to see you in July! 
EVENT: Please join the Henry County Natural Area Guardians for the Bob Rishel Memorial Prairie Walk! The event kicks off Sunday, June 23rd at the Munson Pioneer Prairie Cemetary. View the flyer below...
NEW: The National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has launched a new pollinator web page coinciding with national Pollinator Week (June 17 - 23). The website is full of information and resources to support conservation practices to protect pollinator habitat and populations. Please use the link below to visit!
Illinois Hemp Farmers Leverage High Risk for High Profits

Trent Lawrence had a rude awakening last week. Overnight, mice had gotten into the greenhouse on his farm and eaten several dozen trays of seedlings he was planning to transplant into a field. Lawrence and his wife, Jami, work a 26-acre farm outside of Delavan, about 30 miles south of Peoria, in Tazewell County. 

Read more via the State Journal- Register
Conservation Comments: Signup for Knox County Annual SWCD Meeting

This past Midwest spring will not soon be forgotten. The rainfall amount, the consecutive days of rain, and repeated out-of-bank flooding will be forever seared in the memories of all local generations. While many of us try to waterproof our basements, one option moving forward for rural landowners with cropland is to consider enrolling your land in a conservation practice with the Conservation Reserve Program.

Read more via The Register-Mail
Officials Issue Warning of Risks from Blue-Green Algae 

Illinois officials are warning people who plan to recreate in lakes and rivers to be cautious about blue-green algae that can cause sickness or other health issues. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Public Health say water conditions are ideal for the algae growth.

Read more via the Belleville News-Democrat 
DNR Director Resigns from Dem Committee

Colleen Callahan, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, has resigned as a member of the board of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Callahan sent a letter Monday to House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, who is also chairman of the state party, saying she resigned immediately as the committeewoman from the 18th Congressional District.

Read more via the State Journal-Register
Great Lakes States, Provinces Team Up on Invasive Species

The eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region have agreed to cooperate on enforcing invasive species laws. They will share information and team up to investigate suspected violations, including possession and transport of banned exotic species such as Asian carp . An organization representing the region's governors and premiers announced Monday that all the jurisdictions have signed onto the deal.

Read more via Belleville News-Democrat 
Defazio: Saving Civilian Conservation Centers

Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04), together with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4), and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), led a bipartisan, bicameral group of 18 senators and 33 representatives in pushing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to reverse their decision to shut down Civilian Conservation Centers (CCC) and end the program in its current form. CCCs provide valuable job training for young people in rural communities who thrive in alternative paths from traditional school and work tracks, and offer critical wildfire and natural disaster response support across America.

Read more via (Blog Post) Natural Resource Report 
Conference Tackles Soil Health, Risk Management

The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership will host a statewide risk management conference, “Solving the Resiliency Puzzle,” Thursday, June 27, at DeKalb Farm Bureau. “The idea behind the conference is to talk about how conservation practices help manage risk by making farms more resilient,” said Jennifer Filipiak, American Farmland Trust Midwest regional director. “Farmers, landowners, advisors and the agriculture industry will share how they are incorporating soil health systems on the land.”

Read more via AgriNews
State Agencies Stand United to Offer Comprehensive Recovery Assistance to Those Impacted by Extensive Spring Flooding

The State of Illinois launched a comprehensive website ( dedicated to disaster recovery. Governor JB Pritzker has instructed agency directors across state government to make resources available to help local communities recover from this devastating flood. From emergency housing assistance to replacing SNAP benefits or agricultural aide, countless state agencies have come together to offer help to those affected by severe, widespread flooding. "As a lifelong farmer I know firsthand how stressful farm life can be in a normal year, but this year has been exceptionally hard on our farmers not only financially, but mentally,” said John Sullivan, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture. “If you need help please reach out to someone. Know you are not alone in feeling the pressure to secure your crops.” 

Read more via IEMA Press Release
Effingham County SWCD Seeks Resource Conservationist

The Effingham County Soil and Water Conservation District is seeking applications for a Resource Conservationist. 

  • This is a full-time position
  • Salary commensurate with experience
  • Vacation/Sick Leave
  • Employment will be subject to a background check
  • Must submit a resume and application no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 27th.
  • Applications and job descriptions must be picked at the office, SWCD will not mail them out.

Send a resume and an application to:

Effingham County SWCD
2701 S. Banker St., Suite 101A
Effingham, IL  62401
“Effingham County SWCD is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


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