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Farming for the Future: Implementing a Vertical System

As an Illinois farmer, you know that long-lived farm businesses learn to thrive in an ever-changing environment.

To help you manage your business amid these unprecedented times, unprecedented times, Farm Journal, in collaboration with the Vermilion Headwaters Partnership and American Farmland Trust, is proud to bring this exclusive virtual program—available on December 10th  at 12 pm CST and via on-demand video replay—to you and other producers operating in the Vermilion watershed.

This webinar will:

  • Introduce you to America’s Conservation Ag Movement and its work in your local area.
  • Enable you to ask questions and hear from Ken Ferrie, owner of Crop Tech Consulting, on how a systems approach could benefit your operation.

Interested in joining the conversation? You can take two quick steps:

  • Fill out the form on this page to register for this free webinar (we’ll send you a replay link afterward, too). Be sure to mark your calendar for December 10th at noon Central – there will be plenty of time for Q&A and great conversation!
  • Click here to join our private Facebook Group for farmers like you and other conservation practitioners in the Vermilion.
  • Additionally, we have a general group for producers across the nation to join in conversation about agriculture and conservation practices: America’s Conservation Ag Movement (ACAM)  There, the conversation continues 24/7, and we look forward to learning together to help support local farm businesses like yours.

Don’t miss this free opportunity to get to know other farmers in your area who have a passion for farming in the Vermilion, the land, and the future of agriculture.


This webinar is brought to you by America’s Conservation Ag Movement. We bring farmers and the sustainability community together around the future of farming by bringing profitable, planet-friendly farming practices into the mainstream.

We connect the dots, giving farmers a platform to share their journey, meet other farmers on the same path and access the resources they need to undertake change. The Movement is organized by Trust In Food, a Farm Journal initiative, in partnership with the Farm Journal Foundation. Financial and technical support is provided by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and leading agribusinesses, food companies and nonprofit organizations.

The Vermilion Headwaters Partnership is a collaboration of stakeholders, including farmers, community leaders, government agencies, research institutions and non-profit organizations working to reduce nitrogen loss from farms in the watershed.

American Farmland Trust is a national non-profit organization working to save the land that sustains us by protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices, and keeping farmers on the land.


Ken Ferrie

Farm Journal field agronomist Ken Ferrie oversees the test plots in the Farm Journal Field Test program. Ken applies his extensive, cutting-edge knowledge and his systems approach to farming to the plots. In addition to working with Farm Journal, he operates an independent agronomic consulting business in central Illinois. A graduate of Illinois State University, Ken credits much of his knowledge of the systems approach to the late Dr. Everett Dennis, who took what Ken had learned in books and “brought it to life.” A native of northeast Iowa, Ken has previous experience as a floater operator, crop scout, maintenance. Ken is the owner of Crop Tech Consulting, a business offering services pertaining to yield mapping, variable rating, insect and disease monitoring, bug clinics, thermal imagery and technical support for most of the top brands of both equipment and software.

  • Event Date & Time

    December 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0

  • Event Location

    Basic Illinois Location (Online)
  • Cost


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