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AFT HIRES NEW PROGRAMS COORDINATOR WHO WILL AID ISAP

Jean Brokish joined the American Farmland Trust Midwest Team in October 2019 and provides coordination support for the Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership and the AFT-Vermilion Headwaters Watershed Group. Prior to joining AFT, Jean spent 11 years leading conservation and outreach programs for Oahu RC&D, including oversight for multiple watershed implementation projects, on-farm cover crop research…
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AFT-NRCS Soil Health Case Study in Illinois

It’s a tumultuous time to be a farmer anywhere in America, but especially in the Midwest. Climate change is re-shaping how and where certain crops can grow, family farms are disappearing, and increasingly unstable markets are driving many who depend on agriculture to the brink. However, to ensure a sustainable future for their land there’s…
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ISAP Risk Management Conference: Solving the Resiliency Puzzle

When systems break, they are often analyzed for a solution. Eventually, they are repaired or fixed. Farmers are the world’s best problem solvers—but it seems as if the system is getting increasingly difficult to fix. Recently, the Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership hosted its second annual risk management conference focused on “solving the resiliency puzzle”. The…
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Making Wetlands Smart!

The Illinois Central College (ICC) Demonstration Farm in East Peoria began in the late 1970s with years of research on the effectiveness of in-field practices like cover crops and nutrient management. Now, through the ISAP partnership, it has expanded to include hands-on demonstration of a range of sustainable ag practices, including a denitrifying bioreactor and…
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