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Conservation Corner

Precision Conservation Management

Tue, January 10, 2017

NRCS will offer special funding for precision conservation management through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).  Precision conservation management is an innovative service program designed to apply financial farm business planning information with precision conservation technology to help farmers make intelligent conservation decisions.  NRCS has partnered with the Illinois Corn Growers Association to help producers address resource concerns, such as water quality and soil health. 


There are several different federal programs producers can apply for and use with this RCPP project. Producers can pick the one that best fits their needs.  The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), offers assistance to help implement practices like cover crops, nutrient management, or saturated buffers.  The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) allows producers to build on their existing conservation efforts while strengthening their operation by adding new conservation enhancements on their land.  The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) can provide long-term financial and technical assistance that helps producers conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits using land conservation easements.  Using the Wetlands Reserve Easements component, producers can restore, protect and enhance enrolled wetlands for future generations.


The NRCS Precision Conservation Management RCPP project is available to producers with land located in the following counties: Champaign, Christian, Douglas, Edgar, Ford, Livingston, Macoupin, McLean, Sangamon, Tazewell, Vermilion, and Woodford.  To take advantage of this special conservation funding opportunity, interested producers should submit an application to their local NRCS field office by cutoff dates listed below:


EQIP January 20, and March 17, 2017

CSP February 3, 2017

ACEP January 20, 2017


Producers are reminded that they can submit EQIP, CSP, or ACEP applications to NRCS offices at any time throughout the year. To verify your eligibility to participate in these program, contact the local NRCS field office or visit the Illinois NRCS website at www.il.nrcs.usda.gov.

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Pollinator Meeting, Birds & Bees CRP

Wed, December 28, 2016

You’re invited to attend a Free CRP Pollinator workshop!


Tuesday, January 24th


9:00 am till Noon, Lunch Provided


Mason County Farm Bureau   127 S High St., Havana, IL


Quail and Upland Game Alliance (QUGA) is hosting a free CRP pollinator workshop for the counties of Cass, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard, Sangamon, Tazewell, and Woodford to offer information on how to establish and protect our pollinators.


Native Bees are valuable crop pollinators. Farming for pollinators and wild bees help increase crop yields and may serve as important insurance when honey bees are hard to come by. The USDA provides financial and technical assistance to support conservation efforts for pollinators and other wildlife on farms.


Your local county Service Center Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) personnel will be available for information. A free lunch sponsored by Quail and Upland Game Alliance (QUGA) will be provided after the meeting. Please RSVP to the Tazewell County Service Center at 309.346.4462 ext. 3 by January 20, 2017.

Presenters are:

QUGA – Jerry Johnson, Regional Director – Habitat Establishment


NRCS – Kent Macy, NRCS Biologist – Pollinator Benefits


Roundstone Seed – Robert Hoffman, Biologist – Projects & Seed


Trees Forever – Debbie Fluegel – Pollinator Conservation Program

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Cover Crop Grazing Field Tour

Tue, November 01, 2016

Cover Crop Grazing Field Tour will be held Tuesday November 22, 2016 starting at 10 am.  Dean & Joline Oswald’s Farm.

7104 E 2480 Street Kewanee IL 61443.  One mile West of Kewanee on Route 81 left on 2480 3rd house on the left.

Topics of Discussion on this Field Tour include:

Cover Crop Species for Grazing & Livestock Use Dean Oswald - Zea Mays Foundation

Productivity of Cover Crop Species- Nick Fritch - Henry County NRCS

Experiences Grazing Cover Crops with Beef Cattle- Jim Iserman- Streator IL Zea Mays Foundation and Soil Health Partnership

Cover Crop Forage Nutrient Quality (Forage Tests) - Dean Oswald

Forage Allocation for Increased Quality and Yield—Dean Oswald


Cover crop species aerial seeded at the site include:

Spring Oats - 50 lbs /ac

Dward Essex Rape 4 lbs/ac

Aerial seeded late August


Sponsors include :

Henry County Soil & Water Conservation District

Henry County Farm Bureau

Midwest Grass & Forage

USDA NRCS

Zea Mays Foundation


NRCS is committed to ensuring all employees and customers have equal access and are included in our workplace.  If you need reasonable accommodations to access this field tour as a person with a disability, please contact Nick Fritch with your request no later than November 15th via (309) 937-5263 ext. 3. USDA is an Equal Opportunity Provider, Employer, and Lender.

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