The Aggregate – October 2020


The Aggregate

Combining research, resources, learning opportunities, and current events for agriculture and conservation professionals.

ISAP releases fact sheet highlighting carbon farming opportunities!

ISAP is committed to identifying ways that farmers can successfully implement conservation cropping systems that benefit their bottom line. 

With over 23 million acres of cropland available for the implementation of practices capable of increasing soil carbon and storage such as planting cover crops and reducing tillage, the opportunity for Illinois farmers to offer immediate, scalable solutions to climate change is immense. ISAP’s “Carbon Farming in Illinois” fact sheet introduces farmers to financial opportunities available for implementing practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, summarizing minimum requirements and payments from traditional financial assistance programs and market-based approaches.

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Crop Year 2020 – Apply Today! 

S.T.A.R. is an exciting initiative developed by farmers and soil and water conservation professionals that offers farm operators and land owners a simple, free, and confidential tool to evaluate their conservation land management practices.
More Information & Application

Stay Safe!

The CCA Soy Envoy program is a partnership between the Illinois Soybean Association and Illinois Certified Crop Advisers, providing local recommendations throughout the season to Illinois growers.

Most farm accidents happen at the peak of the season when everyone is tired from the longer days and shorter downtime. CCA Soy Envoy Ashley McEwen shares a personal story of the importance of taking your time to stay safe. Read McEwen’s article and get the latest in-season, actionable advice at

Cover Crops Create Resilient Farms

Dave Schluckebier, a Montgomery and Bond County Illinois farmer, got his start with cover crops about ten years ago. He first got started with cereal rye cover crops through an EQIP program through the NRCS and has seen a lot of benefit for his farm. Dave recently enrolled 645 acres into IDOA’s “Cover Crops Premium Discount Program.”  He shared his perspectives in a recent interview. Click below to watch his interview.
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SHP Releases Business Case on Benefits of Cover Crops in Enhancing 
Nutrient Management Strategy  

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) recently released a business case featuring SHP farmers Roger and Wesley Zylstra, whose on-farm research is evaluating incorporation of cover crops into their nutrient management strategy. The business case details how they adapted their management system to meet soil health, yield and economic goals. 

The Zylstras have made incremental changes and experimented in order to dial in a system that works for them. To read the entire business case visit:  

In Case You Missed It

Tune in to Episode 30, Your Dollars at Work for You: Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.

This episode features Julie Armstrong, NREC Executive Director; Shani Golovay, NREC Research Manager; and Jeff Kirwan, NREC Chairman and farmer.

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction podcast is produced by the
University of Illinois Extension. All of the episodes can be found here:

Events & Opportunities 

Join the NLRS Partnership on Friday, November 6th from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM CT. 

A University of Illinois research team, led by Agricultural and Consumer Economics Professor David Bullock, received a $4 million award from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to implement on-farm conservation practices.
Interested farmers and crop consultants should contact Dr. Bullock for more information and to express interest in being part of this project.  


Farm Leasing 101 Practical Legal Advice for Illinois Farmers & Landowners | November 5, 2020 @ 10:30-11:30AM  |  Registration

Additional events posted on ISAP’s Event Page


The Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with the Illinois USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
are hiring TWO NRCS Surveying Aides that will serve the Pike, Adams, Hancock, Morgan and Scott Counties Open until the position is filled. 

Contact the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District for the complete job posting at 217-285-5448 Ext. 3 or email:, subject line Surveying Aides Position.

Additional positions posted on ISAP’s Career Page

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