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NEW: The voting delegate form is attached below. Hurry and register - the clock is ticking on the early registration rate - get yours in and save!
CORNY EASTER JOKE: What do you call a joke telling rabbit!? The answer...a funny bunny! Share that one with the kids! The AISWCD wishes you a happy Easter!
SPRING BREAK: Lawmakers returned home this week for a two week break from the spring legislative session. Typically, this is a time to catch up on constituent affairs issues, and take the temperature on spring legislative matters with the folks back home. Next week, lawmakers will again be in-district which presents an excellent opportunity to connect with them on important issues. The AISWCD encourages you to make a friendly connection with lawmakers next week in support of our three primary priorities which include; Restoration of the annual appropriation to the Illinois Department of Agriculture's for purposes of grant making with districts for health insurance, Inclusion of funding in any prospective capital bill for the use by SWCDs for conservation infrastructre, and strong funding levels for soil and water conservation programs. If you plan to stop by your lawmakers office, let the AISWCD know - we can provide tips and detailed talking points, or perhaps join you! 

SOIL HEALTH: Click image to go! The Soil Health Institute has released a new, 60 minute documentary titled Living Soil. The Soil Health Institute describes the film, writing; "Our soils support 95 percent of all food production, and by 2060, our soils will be asked to give us as much food as we have consumed in the last 500 years. They filter our water. They are one of our most cost-effective reservoirs for sequestering carbon. They are our foundation for biodiversity. And they are vibrantly alive, teeming with 10,000 pounds of biological life in every acre. Yet in the last 150 years, we’ve lost half of the basic building block that makes soil productive. The societal and environmental costs of soil loss and degradation in the United States alone are now estimated to be as high as $85 billion every single year. Like any relationship, our living soil needs our tenderness. It’s time we changed everything we thought we knew about soil. Let’s make this the century of living soil. This documentary was directed by Chelsea Myers of Tiny Attic Productions and produced by the Soil Health Institute through the generous support of The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

CONSERVATION DRAINAGE: The Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership (ISAP) is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Advanced Conservation Drainage Training Program. The unique program brings together diverse members of the agricultural and drainage communities and provides them with knowledge, tools, and connections to make conservation drainage an integral part of tile installation farm management. 

The 2019 training series will focus on three conservation drainage practices: saturate buffers, constructed wetlands, and drainage water management. Through classroom exercises, field demos, and expert led discussions, participants will learn about the science behind how each practice works, gain technical knowledge associated with siting, designing, and constructing conservation drainage practices, and develop strategies to successfully implement practices while overcoming common administrative challenges. Training will be offered via three in-person workshops scheduled throughout central Illinois in June, July, and August 2019.

Applications are being accepted through April 19th - hurry, don't wait to signup! 
VOTE: The AISWCD has been hard at work developing a logo concept in response to the logo resolution passed at last year's Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference. kEEP VOTING - the AISWCD needs your input as well! Please take a moment to vote for ONE design, which best represents your design preference!
CALENDAR: The next meeting of the AISWCD Board of Directors is scheduled for Friday, June 14th (all day). Please save the date!
FUNDRAISER BENEFIT: Join the Illinois Stewardship Alliance May 4th at Jim Edgar Panther Creek in Chandlerville for a fun camp out and pot luck in support of Woody Woodruff, ISA's conservationist who is battling cancer. Details below! 
NOTE: The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Bureau of Water will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 14th, 2019 (1:30 - 3:30pm) at the Fox Waterway Agency concerning the Upper Fox River - Flint Creek Watershed. Contact the AISWCD for additional details.
Bill Adds Soil Health to SWCD's Mission

Legislation that amends the Soil and Water Conservation Districts Act passed unanimously in the Illinois House and is now in the Senate. The bill would add soil health practices to the list of resources districts can provide for farmers.

Read more via AgriNews

ENVIROTHON: The baove students are the winners of the Ford County SWCD's local Envirothon competition. The District shared on facebook, "Congratulations to PBL's Envirothon team for taking 1st place at local Envirothon on Thursday, April 11th. You sure do make Ford County proud! Good luck at your state competition May 1st and 2nd!"

MORE: The statewide Illinois Envirothon competition gets underway May 1st & 2nd!

JOIN US! The AISWCD invites you to join us for a summer night at the ballpark, a pre-conference social event! Take in the Springfield Sliders as they play the Cape Girardeau Catfish for a Prospect Baseball League Showdown. Attendees will enjoy a complimentary mix of jumbo hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches, peanuts, popcorn, cracker jacks, and two beverages (beer or soda) while supplies last! RSVP to!

CONTEST: The AISWCD wants your help! Lend us a hand with sponsorships, and we will enter your name in a gift card raffle to be drawn at the 2019 Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference. Here's how it works...for every sponsor OR exhibitor that you secure for the conference, the AISWCD will enter your name into the pool (drawn at conference). Please refer to the AISWCD conference page for sponsor rates and more information. Easy, simple! Questions, please email! 
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