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2022 Risk Management Webinar Series

ICCON: Kentucky Cover Crop Initiative

Solar and Climate Surveys

Partner Spotlight: Midwest Dairy

Field Notes

Featured Illinois Job

Upcoming Opportunities
Risk Management Webinar Series
ISAP's 2022 Risk Management Conference continues next week!

If you weren't able to join us on Monday for our first myth busting session, you can watch the recording on our YouTube channel. We'll be back for more myth busting on Tuesday, June 21 and Monday, June 27th, taking on the myths that "Conservation Costs Too Much" and "Tile and Conservation Don't Mix."
The Risk Managment Conference is a FREE 3-part webinar series ‘debunking’ popular myths that may be keeping some from considering soil health and conservation drainage practices. The series is looking beyond the environmental benefits of conservation cropping systems, to highlight the production and economic benefits producers can gain by transitioning to a soil health system. Continuing education credits (CEU’s) will be offered.
Click here to register for Sessions 2 and 3!
ICCON: Kentucky Rye Initiative
During their May meeting, the Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network (ICCON) was joined by Scott Franklin, Southeast Regenerative Agriculture Program Manager with American Farmland Trust (AFT), and coordinator of the Kentucky Commercial Rye Cover Crop Initiative.

The Kentucky Commercial Rye Cover Crop Initiative, a unique partnership of farmers, conservation advocates, and bourbon distillers, is working to bring cereal rye production back to Kentucky as a commercial cover crop. The partnership has a two-fold mission: to increase production of Kentucky bourbon using Kentucky-grown cereal rye, rather than importing the grain from Canada and Europe, and advancing regenerative agricultural practices that improve regional soil and water quality and show farmers the benefits of crop diversification.

ICCON members discussed potential opportunities that may exist for expanding cereal rye markets in Illinois, recognizing the need to increase demand beyond the few distilleries who work directly with farmers to source their grain. The Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network meets monthly to learn about new research and hear from cover crop specialists across the Midwest. If you are interested in joining, register for our monthly calls or join our google group by sending an email to
Read more about the Kentucky Commercial Rye Cover Crop Initiative
We want to hear from you!
What questions do farmers have regarding carbon markets? Which questions are the most relevant / urgent? What is stopping farmers from engaging with carbon markets? ISAP has developed a survey to answer these questions and inform our future ecosystem market programming. 

Complete the survey.
In the last year, there has been a noticeable increase in development of commercial and utility scale solar in the Midwest. The rapid expansion creates opportunities for farmers and landowners, but also poses threats to farmland. American Farmland Trust is conducting a survey to better understand farmers' engagement with solar development in order to improve solar programs. 

Complete the survey.
The Use of Weather and Climate Forecasts in Agriculture: Help farmdoc understand farmer climate service needs in the US Midwest by answering this online farmer survey. This study is investigating the importance of weather and seasonal climate forecasts in farming, and attempts to identify opportunities to improve the provision of climate services for agriculture.

Complete the survey.
Partner Spotlight: Midwest Dairy

June is Dairy Month! What a perfect time to introduce Midwest Dairy as June’s Partner Spotlight. Midwest Dairy is the newest member of the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and represents over 400 dairy farms across the state of Illinois, 94% of which are family owned and operated.

As a new member of ISAP, Midwest Dairy plans to connect Illinois dairy farmers with ISAP resources and programming, advancing the Partnership’s mission to create a network which supports a systems approach for sustainable agriculture in Illinois. Midwest Dairy is excited to be the first livestock producer of ISAP and looks forward to advancing sustainable practice adoption in Illinois.

Learn more about Midwest Dairy!
Field Notes
In the third episode of the CarbonSense podcast, Jennifer Jones and ISAP's Jean Brokish discuss what markets are available to Illinois farmers, what preparations farmers have to take, tips for choosing a program and more.

Listen to the third episode
Farm Incomes and Environmental Outcomes: Understanding the Impact of Conservation Practices Laura Gentry, Ph.D., is the Director of Water Quality Research for the Illinois Corn Growers Association and established the Precision Conservation Management (PCM) program. During her presentation, Gentry will share seven years of PCM data to show how conservation practices like no-till, cover crops and nitrogen management impact corn and soybean production.

Register for the webinar.
The most recent episode of the CCSI and Hooiser Ag Today Soil Health Podcast explores the importance of sound training and technical support to help ensure farmers are successful in adoption of soil health practices - AND the importance of networks to support those efforts.

Listen to the episode
This farmdoc report explores the potential impacts of late planting on average soybean yield in the US due to cool, wet weather this spring

Read the full report on FarmDocDaily
The latest NLRS episode explores what role soil health plays in integrated pest management decisions. 

Listen to Episode 47 and find all episodes
Featured Illinois Job
The Illinois Soybean Association is hiring an Agronomic Program Coordinator! The Coordinator will work on behalf of Illinois soybean farmers while supporting the Agronomy team by coordinating programs and implementing mission-driven objectives. Illinois Soybean Association is a statewide organization that strives to enable Illinois soybean producers to be the most knowledgeable and profitable soybean producers in the world.
Learn more and apply today!
Upcoming Opportunities

The Agroforestry Series: Agroforestry 101 | June 16 | Virtual | Learn More

Strategies For Land Stewardship Summit | June 21-22 | Walworth and Rock Counties, WI | Register
ISAP Risk Management Webinar Series | Virtual
ICCON Call: Economic Benefits of Regenerative Grazing | June 22 | Virtual | Register

Growing With Agriculture Field Day | June 24 | Will County, IL | Register 

IL Soy Webinar: Farm Incomes and Environmental Outcomes | June 27 | Virtual | Register

Embarras Regenerative Grazing Field Days | Hamilton County, IL | Register
  • June 27
  • June 28
AFT's Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future | June 29 | Virtual | Register

Climate Intersections Conference: Taking Care of People, Water, and the Land | July 12-14 | Duluth, MN | Register

Lake Springfield Watershed 2022 “Lunch and Learn” Series | July 13 | Virtual | Register

AISWCD 2022 Annual Meeting & Summer Training Conference | July 17-19 | Springfield, IL | Register
To find more events related to agriculture and conservation, visit our Events page.

American Farmland Trust is hiring for a Midwest Operations Coordinator

Western Illinois University is looking for a Faculty Assistant/Research Agronomist

Illinois Soybean Association is hiring an Agronomic Program Coordinator

The Conservation Fund is looking for a Milwaukee Project Coordinator

National Wildlife Federation is looking for an Agriculture Outreach Specialist

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service is hiring for multiple Communications positions

To explore more job opportunities, visit our Careers page.
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