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IL Farm Bureau Saturated Buffer Field Day

Illinois Farm Bureau, Southern Illinois University College of Agriculture, Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association, and USDA-NRCS partnered together to bring Illinois farmers an educational demonstration of our latest edge of field practice. Together they are striving to protect our natural resources and seeking out new ways to be better stewards of our land.

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University of Illinois Saturated Buffer

A grassed buffer between a field and a stream provides important benefits to the environment but underground a tile pipe can send nitrogen straight to the stream. Dr. Laura Christianson of the University of Illinois talks about how we can modify grassed buffers to remove nitrogen from the tile drainage water before sending the water downstream.

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Transforming Drainage: Saturated Buffers

The Transforming Drainage project brings together research from experimental saturated buffer sites across the U.S. Midwest to evaluate the full potential of this new and exciting practice, and develop tools and resources that will help farmers, drainage contractors, conservation staff, and others locate, design, and install saturated buffers within tile-drained landscapes.

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University of Illinois Extension: “Buffing Up” Water Quality

This saturated buffer fact sheet outlines the benefits of this practice and lists several considerations and requirements of installment.

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ADMC Controlled Drainage Fact Sheet

This ADMC webpage provides information on controlled drainage, also referred to as drainage water management, including considerations for installation and financial impacts.

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NRCS Soil Health Fact Sheets

NRCS Soil Health Fact Sheets provide information on soil health for all growers – from the general basics to the specific details.

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NRCS Soil Health

Soil health is defined as the continued capacity of soil to function as a vital living ecosystem that sustains plants, animals, and humans. Healthy soil gives us clean air and water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife, and beautiful landscapes.

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NRCS Bioreactor Video

In the summer of 2017, the Peoria County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Illinois Farm Bureau teamed up with a forward-thinking landowner to plan, design, and install a relatively new conservation drainage practice so that folks could see what the denitrifying bioreactor looks like and how it’s built. Check out this video and see if it’s something that would fit on your land!

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Illinois Soil Water Conservation District Directory

Soil and Water Conservation Districts work to protect Illinois’ fertile soils and water resources through strategic conservation efforts. Use this directory to find contact information for your local SWCD office.

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TNC Illinois Climate Assesment

TNC’s statewide climate assessment brought together the expertise of more than 40 scientists and technical experts to explain the most up-to-date information on how climate change is expected to affect Illinois.

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