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ISAP Hosts Soil Health Field Day

Cover Crop Incentives in Illinois

Upcoming Vermilion Field Day

STAR Releases 2021 Annual Report

Farms Under Threat 2040

On-Farm Energy Use Survey

Upcoming 4R Field Day

Partner Spotlight:
Illinois Central College

Field Notes

Upcoming Opportunities
ISAP To Host Soil Health Field Day
ISAP and Illinois Central College are excited to cohost a Soil Health Field Day this summer with Cargill and American Farmland Trust (AFT). You’re invited to join us on Friday, August 12, from 9am - 2pm, for an in-person field day to:
  • Experience hands on soil health demos with ISAP experts
  • Consult with local resource professionals 
  • Visit equipment showcase and meet soil health implement dealers
  • Hear from a panel of farmers discussing their own soil health journeys
To join us in Peoria, IL, register for the field day today, and send any questions to hello@ilsustainableag.org. Capacity will be limited so make sure to register soon!
Register to join us!
Cover Crop Incentive Programs
When properly managed, incorporating cover crops into a traditional crop rotation provides several benefits including reduction of nutrient loss, limited soil erosion, and improved water infiltration capability. Advancing the adoption of cover crops has been identified as a key strategy for Illinois agriculture to meet the goals established in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). Members of the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership are working to support this goal by establishing cover crop incentive programs. American Farmland Trust and Illinois Corn Growers Association currently have opportunities for Illinois farmers to receive financial payments to support the adoption and continued incorporation of cover crops on their fields.
Learn more about available cover crop incentives!
Upcoming Field Day in
Vermilion Watershed
STAR Releases Annual Report
Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) has concluded its third year of reporting conservation efforts in and around the state of Illinois through the Crop Year 2021 STAR Annual Report. The report features a summary of conservation efforts, environmental impacts, and growth of the STAR initiative.

For the 2021 crop year, 472 participants utilized the STAR tool on 85,579 acres over 1,579 fields. In Illinois, 69 Soil & Water Conservation Districts locally administered the program, providing one-on-one technical assistance to farmers and landowners interested in improving their STAR Rating.

Learn more by reading the full report, and complete your STAR 2022 field form by visiting STAR Web App or contacting a Soil & Water Conservation District near you!
Learn more about STAR's 2021 Achievements!
Farms Under Threat
Webinar Series
America’s farm and ranch lands are rapidly disappearing, threatening our rural communities and agricultural economy, jeopardizing future food security, and increasing vulnerability to extreme weather events. Each state faces a choice: let poorly planned development of this vulnerable resource continue or work to safeguard more farmland through better land-use planning and additional farmland protection tools.

Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future, a new report from American Farmland Trust, maps three alternative futures out to the year 2040. Join AFT’s National Agricultural Land Network Director and guests in a series of upcoming webinars to explore highlights of AFT's findings and what they mean for the future of agriculture in your state:
Find the Farms Under Threat Webinar in Your State!
On-Farm Energy Use Survey

American Farmland Trust and Argonne National Laboratory are conducting a brief 10–15-minute survey on the energy consumption on farms. In recent years, there has been a noticeable increase in the diversification and installation of alternative energy sources.

These include renewable power technologies (e.g., wind turbines and solar panels) and organic waste streams (e.g., manure and post-harvest residue) from agricultural activities to create energy through processes like anaerobic digesters for combined heat and power generation, biochar production for soil amendment and heat generation, and renewable natural gas production. This project aims to better understand farmer engagement and interest with onsite renewable energy production.

Individual input, opinions, and needs are particularly important to this project, and so your participation is valuable. Answers provided will be kept anonymous and only shared in summary, so please share honest feedback and opinions on all questions.

Please complete the survey by August 15th, 2022 to be eligible for a random drawing to win $150 (4 winners total), and reach out to Shelby Best at sbest@farmland.org with any questions or comments.

Share your feedback on renewable energy production!
Upcoming 4R Field Day
Stay tuned for the full agenda. To register, email KJ Johnson at kj@ifca.com
Partner Spotlight:
Illinois Central College
ISAP is excited to feature the Illinois Central College (ICC) as our July Partner Spotlight! ICC is a founding member of the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership and has been a strong supporter of the Partnership’s programs. The guidance, experience, and expertise of ICC’s ag faculty has allowed ISAP to serve as a leader in building technical capacity of Illinois ag professionals who are advising farmers as they transition to conservation cropping systems.

The agricultural program at ICC is gaining momentum and reputation within the educational community and industry.  Outreach in the local, state, and national agricultural communities continues to be at the forefront of ICC’s agricultural program. The college’s 70-acre farm assists in the hands-on learning and applied research of the program. 

Learn more about Illinois Central College!
Field Notes
Green Lands Blue Waters is thrilled to announce the launch of the Next Gen Ag and Conservation Professionals Mentorship Program! This mentorship program focuses on students of color and offers rich opportunities to connect and be in community with incredible mentors, farmers, and trainers, representing diverse ag communities across the Upper Midwest.

Applications are due by Aug. 1 - apply today!
In this episode of IL Soy's CarbonSense Podcast, Abigail Peterson and Sarah Sellars discuss what questions farmers should be asking before enrolling in a carbon program.

Listen to the fourth episode
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.
This farmdoc article reviews results from the Gardner Food and Agricultural Policy Survey, with a focus on the extent to which the public is worried about climate change and its effects on the food system. 

Read the full report on FarmDocDaily
Featured Illinois Jobs
The Nature Conservancy is hiring a Conservation Agronomist! This position stewards and helps leverage innovative partnerships with farm service providers such as seed, chemical and fertilizer retailers, and crop consultants to implement programs and provide products and services that lead to improved water quality, soil health, and agricultural sustainability. For a complete position description and to apply, visit http://www.nature.org/careers and search for Job ID# 51826.
Learn more and apply today!
Upcoming Opportunities
WEBINARS, CONFERENCES, ETC:
 
ICCON Call: Using Robots to Plant Cover Crops | July 27 | Virtual | Register

AFT's Vermilion Field Day | July 28 | Chatsworth, IL | Learn more

Ewing Demonstration Center Agronomy Field Day | July 28 | Franklin County | Register

AFT's Farms Under Threat 2040: Choosing an Abundant Future | Virtual Monroe County SWCD Conservation Forum | Aug 6 | Learn more

Soil Health Institute's 7th Annual Summit: Scaling Up Soil Health | Aug 11-12 | Virtual | Register

ISAP's Summer Field Day with Cargill and AFT | Aug 12 | East Peoria, IL |
Register

4R Field Day | Sep 15 | Piatt County, IL | Learn more

 
To find more events related to agriculture and conservation, visit our Events page.
JOBS IN AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT, & CONSERVATION

The Nature Conservancy is hiring a Conservation Agronomist

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service
 is hiring a Farmer Network Specialist

NRCS is hiring a Partnership Watershed Coordinator

Illinois Grazing Lands Coalition is seeking a Grazing Organizer

The Conservation Fund is looking for a Milwaukee Project Coordinator
 
To explore more job opportunities, visit our Careers page.
We can help you recruit - send us information on job openings. 

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