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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! 
 
S.T.A.R. NEWS

CONGRATS: The S.T.A.R. program recently recognized Steve Fulling, a member of the AISWCD Board of Directors, with it's 2019 Farmer of the Year Award for his dedication and support of the program. Congratulations, Steve Fulling - very well deserved!
 
MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

POND CLINIC: Sixty-five people attended Mercer County SWCD's pond clinic on June 4th at the "Big Red Barn" in New Windsor, Illinois. Herman Brothers Lake & Land Management, accompanied by fish biologist Austin Bennett presented attendees with a plethora of information, including guidance on pond shocking. 
 
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
Learn How to Protect Pollinators

The Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Illinois Native Plant Society are hosting Roadside Habitat Projects and Moth and Butterfly Rearing from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kankakee River Valley Forest Preserve District, 3301 Waldron Rd., Kankakee.

Read more via Daily Journal
Illinois River Gets a Conservation Boost

Morgan County and 11 other central and west-central Illinois counties will be among those benefiting from a $5 million award to support conservation of the Illinois River.

Read more via The Telegraph
Cities Can Play Key Role in Saving Monarch Butterflies, Study Finds

Cities across the U.S., including Chicago, could supply up to about one-third of the milkweed needed to save monarch butterflies from extinction, according to a pair of new studies led by scientists at the Field Museum.

Conservation ecologists at the museum combined field research with high-resolution spatial images to map where milkweed already exists across large metropolitan areas, and where there is potential to add more. Milkweed is the only plant on which monarchs can lay their eggs.

Read more via WTTW
SIU Ag Day Brings Researchers and Farmers Together

On Wednesday, June 26th, 2019 farmers, scientists and agricultural partners from all across Illinois met for a field day to showcase the latest agricultural research going on at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

Read/Listen via WSIU
Woodyard: Cost Savings with Conservation

You have probably heard of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy by now, but in case you have not, it addresses nutrient losses to waters in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico from both point and non-point sources of pollution. In Illinois, we have goals to reduce nitrate-nitrogen losses by 15% and total phosphorus losses by 25% by the year 2025. The end target is a 45% reduction in both nutrients’ losses to the Mississippi River. Any implementation of conservation practices on agricultural land to reduce nutrient losses in Illinois is voluntary.

Read more via AgriNews
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