Network of Practitioners


Cultivating a network of agriculture and conservation professionals amplifies ISAP’s ability to work with farmers across the state. By creating opportunities for networking and peer-to-peer learning, ISAP leverages the collective expertise that exists within Illinois agriculture to advance our shared goals of improving soil health and reducing nutrient loss. 

Illinois Cover Crop On-Farm Network (ICCON)

ISAP convenes cover crop specialists from across Illinois and the broader Midwest region for monthly discussions to explore new research, troubleshoot field conditions, and provide updates on policies and programs related to cover crops. Engaging with presentations by experts, researchers, and industry leaders, our ICCON calls provide an opportunity to share knowledge and network with a strong community of cover crop enthusiasts.

To stay up to date on upcoming calls, receive follow up notes and call recordings, and stay in touch with the ICCON Network, please join our google group. If you have any trouble accessing the group or would like to suggest a topic for an upcoming call, please email

Alphabet Soup

ISAP’s Alphabet Soup program provides training and networking opportunities for agronomists, researchers, educators, conservation practitioners, and industry partners. Events include workshops, webinars, and happy hours where members explore issues, discuss strategies and program needs, and share resources related to nutrient loss reduction and conservation practices. If you are interested in joining the next Alphabet Soup gathering, please fill out the request form below.   

ISAP Specialist Network

In line with ISAP’s train-the-trainer philosophy, individuals who have completed training with ISAP are asked to share information with farmers and others in their network and their community. Crop advisors, agency staff, and individual farmers are all available to share what they’ve learned at local field days and through one-on-one consultation. Utilize our interactive Conservation Story Map to find a specialist near you. 


Access a variety of resources to help build your network.