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The Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Podcast

University of Illinois Extension has created an Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction podcast. This podcast began in June and typically releases one episode a month. The first podcast, hosted by Todd E. Gleason, features discussion from Jonathon Copess, Dr. Laura Gentry, Jennifer Woodyard, and Haley Haverback on an introduction of why this podcast was created, what the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction...

Catalog of Soil Health Educational Resources

Soil plays a critical role in our lives - it provides nutrition in the food we eat; filters our water; cleans our air; provides habitat for wildlife and pollinators; sequesters carbon; and sustains the livelihoods of millions of farmers and ranchers worldwide who preserve and nurture this precious resource. The Soil Health Institute Communications and Education Action Team compiled the...

Understanding Budget Implications of Cover Crops

Farmers remain under pressure to adopt practices that will reduce nutrient losses from their fields and cover crops are considered the most effective in-field practice for reducing nitrogen and phosphorus losses (farmdoc daily, July 6, 2016; Illinois NLRS, 2015).  As the benefits of adopting cover crop practices become better known and understood, including for nutrient loss reduction and soil health, adoption rates...

Precision Conservation Management Hires New Conservation Specialist and Creates “Habitat Conservation Connection” Program

Precision Conservation Management Hires New Conservation Specialist Serving Piatt, DeWitt, and Macon Counties MONTICELLO, ILLINOIS - David Fulton, is a new hire for Precision Conservation Management (PCM) Conservation Specialist serving Piatt, DeWitt, and Macon Counties with an emphasis on the Upper Sangamon River Watershed. Fulton grew up on a small farm outside of Lincoln, Illinois. While raising livestock for FFA...

Successful Management on Risky Business!

The Illinois Sustainable Agriculture Partnership held a state-wide Risk Management Conference on June 19th in Normal, Illinois. Farmers and their advisors came together to talk about soil health and water management from a risk management perspective through presentations, discussion panels, and interactive conversations about weather, production resiliency, economics, risk management, business drivers, and sustainability. Eric Snodgrass was our master of ceremonies...

Precision Conservation Management is making an impact in Illinois! Here’s an update from the PCM Director, Dr. Laura Gentry

PCM Partners, Happy Spring! We hope that planting season finds everyone well. PCM Specialists were busy this winter delivering Resource Analysis and Assessment Plans (RAAPs) to our 117 PCM cooperators in Illinois.  In Kentucky, Chris Stewart has enrolled 21 farmers and we are working to develop their RAAP reports and provide conservation opportunities for them.  We hosted 3 PCM quarterly meetings this winter...