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Partner Spotlight: Precision Conservation Management

Precision Conservation Management Welcomes New Director Precision Conservation Management (PCM) has hired Greg Goodwin to serve as their new Director.  Goodwin will direct and oversee the PCM program, which includes overseeing daily operations, business development, grant reporting, and budget analysis. PCM is a free service created by farmers for farmers that combines precision technology and data management with farm business...

The Midwest Cover Crops Council Serves as Resource Hub for Professionals, Farmers, and Cover Crop Enthusiasts

The Midwest Cover Crops Council Serves as Resource Hub for Professionals, Farmers, and Cover Crop Enthusiasts By Helen VanBeck Last week, the Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network (ICCON) was joined by Anna Morrow, program manager with the Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC). The MCCC facilitates the widespread adoption of cover crops across 12 midwestern states and the province of Ontario...

Approaching Deadline for STAR Field Enrollment

Approaching Deadline for STAR Field Enrollment By: Sarah Blount, Helen VanBeck, & Erin Gundy It’s that time of year again—the weather is cooler, harvest season has ended, and the Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) field form submission deadline is quickly approaching! Enrollment for the STAR 2021 crop year closes on January 31 — complete your field evaluation today to receive...

Prairie Strips Winter Webinar Series

Prairie Strips Winter Webinar Series By: Craig Ficenec, Sand County Foundation Much of Illinois was once covered in a diverse prairie ecosystem: wildlife thrived and water flowed clean. Today, recreating a small fraction of that native vegetation could move us toward our water quality and habitat goals, while improving farm profitability. Sand County Foundation, Pheasants Forever, and Iowa State University...

Introducing Helen VanBeck

Introducing Helen VanBeck Author: Helen VanBeck I grew up far away from the corn fields, in the urban-sprawled, concrete-covered city that is Houston, Texas. During the summers, when my brothers and I would visit our grandparents in Iowa, proudly wearing our Hawkeye gear, I remember being mesmerized by the rows of corn we’d pass on our way in and out of town each day. In...

SMART Wetlands

SMART Wetlands Author: Jean McGuire, Field Outreach Specialist | The Wetlands Inititative What happens when soil, clay, plants, and water are combined using human engineering? Could this combination create smart outcomes for the landscape? Usually, there are concerns when several thousand cubic yards of soil are moved on Illinois croplands. However, in this case, it was done by design to...