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The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast – NEW EPISODE

Tune in to Episode 43 of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast – “Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy 2021 Biennial Report Update.” The episode features a summary of key points from the Biennial Report.  Trevor Sample, the Agency Coordinator for the NLRS with Illinois EPA, provides a brief background on the NLRS, implementation and water quality findings from the 2021 Biennial...

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast – NEW EPISODE

Tune in to Episode 42 of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast – “Illinois Regenerative Ag Initiative.” The episode features a thoughtful discussion about the Illinois Regenerative Agriculture Initiative (IRAI) with guests Dr. Adam Davis, Professor and Crop Sciences Department Head at University of Illinois, and Dr. Emily Heaton, Professor of Crop Sciences at University of Illinois and Director of...

New “Soil Health Check Up” Video Series

A new three part video series called “Soil Health Check Up” was recently co-created and released by Dr. Stacy Zuber, Illinois State Soil Health Specialist with NRCS, and Jennifer Jones, Extension Watershed Outreach Associate with University of Illinois Extension. Each video describes and demonstrates at-home soil health tests that farmers, landowners, or homeowners could use to visually assess the health of...

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast – NEW EPISODE

Tune in to the recent Episode 41, “Are these tools in your toolbox? Bioreactors.” The episode features Dr. Reid Christianson and Dr. Bryan Maxwell, University of Illinois, as well as a farmer in Rock Island County, Drew Hohenboken. Mr. Hohenboken recently had a bioreactor that was designed by Dr. Maxwell installed on his farm. The episode includes information about new...

STAR Releases Annual Report Highlighting Impacts of Voluntary Conservation Efforts in Illinois

STAR Releases Annual Report Highlighting Impacts of Voluntary Conservation Efforts in Illinois STAR’s second annual report provides insights to the initiative’s continued growth CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Today, STAR (Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources), an initiative developed by farmers for farmers, is excited to release its annual report for the 2020 crop year. The report documents STAR’s continued growth and summarizes the...

Illinois Soil Health Incentive Program for Champaign County

The Illinois Soil Health Incentive Program (SHIP) is a new program concept to provide financial incentives to Champaign County Illinois producers to implement conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and improve soil health.  The incentives are based on greenhouse gas reductions using modeled county-level quantification methods. In 2021, farmers in Champaign County have the opportunity...