American Farmland trust
The United States loses 50 acres of farmland every hour to development and 1.7 billion tons of topsoil from erosion every year. The American Farmland Trust works to save farmland by the acre and the inch. Our mission is to protect farmland, promote sound farming practices and keep farmers on the land.
the wetlands initiative
The Wetlands Initiative is a non-profit orgnization dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damage. Using our 20-plus years of wetland expertise, we are conducting outreach and providing technical assistance to help farmers implement tile-treatment constructed wetlands. These wetlands offer a cost-effective, natural solution to reduce nutrient loss from the world’s most productive agricultural region without taking swaths of our great farmland out of production. By pairing edge-of-field nitrogen-removal practices such as constructed wetlands with in-field nitrogen management practices, we can achieve nutrient reduction goals and keep Illinois farms both economically and environmentally sustainable.
the zea mays foundation
the nature conservancy
The Nature Conservancy is a results-based, global conservation organization founded in 1951. Through science-based, innovative strategies, we are addressing the most critical environmental issues of our time. The Nature Conservancy envisions a world where both nature and people thrive—where population growth is balanced with smart, sustainable decisions that ensure the natural resources we all depend on are sustained now and for future generations. By focusing on a whole systems approach to meet multiple environmental and production outcomes, The Nature Conservancy in Illinois is developing programs to help support farmers in their efforts to adopt sustainable ag practices.
Soil Health Partnership
Precision Conservation Management
Precision Conservation Management (PCM) is a farmer-led program developed by the IL Corn Growers Association. We have more than 30 partners representing all parts of the agricultural supply chain: commodity groups, conservation groups, and ag tech companies as well as foundations and educational institutions. Our overall objective is to establish more conservation practices on more farm acres with a focus on practices that address water quality and soil loss concerns. The program is currently serving 12 counties in IL and 10 counties in western KY. We currently have about 100 farmers enrolled in PCM in IL and 6 in KY representing over 115,000 acres of farmland. What sets PCM apart from other programs with similar goals of establishing conservation on farmland is our 1-on-1 farmer engagement and our recognition that adopting conservation practices represents business decisions for farmers. PCM was created to identify, quantify, and address risks to farmers associated with adopting conservation practices. Specifically, PCM addresses the financial, management, and time risks introduced into farming operations with the adoption of conservation practices. PCM also offers farmers direct technical assistance to 1) successfully adopt practices and 2) receive financial assistance to offset costs associated with adoption.
Illinois Central College (ICC) is an open enrollment, comprehensive community college located in the Peoria area and serving approximately 10,000 students in five counties. Peoria County is listed on the state’s Poverty Warning List. Key to its economic growth and community vitality are ICC programs in agriculture, healthcare, information technology, manufacturing, police and fire science, horticulture, and other high demand occupations. The mission of the agricultural program at ICC is to prepare students for careers in areas such as agriculture business, animal production, agronomy, farm services, crop research, precision agriculture and other related areas by providing an exceptional educational experience for students who desire to be part of the ever-changing agricultural industry. The agricultural program serves the stakeholders by providing intellectual, demonstrative and cultural resources for communities in the college district. The college farm assists the teaching, learning and applied research of the program. ICC offers the associates of arts degree (transfer) as well as four associates in applied science degrees. Beginning fall 2018, the applied science degrees will become one degree entitled Agricultural Science & Technology with several career pathway options: Agricultural Business Management, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, and Precision Agriculture. ICC also currently offers two certificates: Agricultural Production and Agricultural Business Management – Precision Agriculture. The college has a nationally competitive livestock judging team that travels around the country participating in livestock judging contests throughout the year. Its Diesel Powered Equipment Technology (DPET) program provides training necessary to maintain service and diagnose system failures in agricultural equipment, construction equipment and heavy trucks. Enrollment figures for ICC’s agricultural program continue to be steady or show slight increases. The program is gaining momentum and reputation within the educational community and industry. Focus on ICC’s agricultural programs taking the forefront of research and outreach for the agricultural community, both locally and at the state level, with unparalleled research in the areas of sustainability and water quality will serve our students well, exposing them to cutting edge research and information that makes them more prepared to transfer to a four-year university or provide them with the knowledge,skills and behaviors set to be more employable upon completion of their degree.
illinois central college
Alongside our Partnerships, we have two committees to help develop the mission, goals, and outlook for the future ISAP.
ISAP Steering Committee is committed to developing the mission, goals, and outlook on agriculture in the state of Illinois:
Laura Flint Gentry
April Ann Opatik
ISAP Science Commitee is commited to developing articles, blog posts, and educational knowledge on agriculture in the state of Illinois:
Laura Flint Gentry
April Ann Opatik