Conservation Cropping Seminars Offer Ideas to Learn, To Share, To Take Back to the Farm


Thank you to everyone who attended these virtual events.  All three seminars were recorded and are posted here.   

 

Don't miss information about ways farmers like yourself can improve soil health, learn about cover crops, remain profitable—and even more marketable—by using sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from educators, researchers, experts, and local Illinois farmers! There will be Question & Answer sessions as well.

 
In keeping with state mandates and safety precautions, we will offer helpful information, new research and data, farmer testimonials, and more in three 2-hour online virtual conference sessions. Dates & times: 
 
Wednesday
January 20, 2021
9 - 11 am CST
Thursday
January 28, 2021
9 - 11 am CST
Thursday
February 4, 2021
9 - 11 am CST
 
 
While it’s not our normal full-day, in-person get-together at three different Illinois locations, the planning committee has gathered some GREAT speakers and presentations that are well worth your time. We can’t feed you lunch virtually, so for 2021, your participation at the event is FREE—and lunch is “on your own”!
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 - 
-  Welcome by Director Jerry Costello, Illinois Department of Agriculture
-  Dr. Nic Jelinski,
     Asst. Professor at University of MN’s Department of Soil, Water, and Climate
-  Dr. Stacy Zuber, 
    NRCS Soil Health Specialist
-  Joe Rothermel,
     Farmer from Champaign County focused on S.T.A.R.
-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers
 
Thursday, January 28, 2021
-  Welcome by Ivan Dozier, Illinois NRCS State Conservationist
-  Ray Archuleta,
     Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America
-  Ted Krauskopf,
     Farmer in Madison County with focus on Livestock and Grazing
-  Monte Bottens
     Farmer in Cambridge, IL focused on Livestock and Grazing
-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers
 
Thursday, February 4, 2021
-  Welcome by Tom Beyers, Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts President
-  Dr. Joel Gruver,
  Western IL University, Associate Professor of Soil Science and Sustainable Ag
-  Chad Bell,
     Illinois Farmer
-  Special Video Appearance by Peterson Farm Brothers
 
 
Don’t miss the 2021 event! We still need you to register online, so reserve yourself a spot today!  Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CCU's will be applied for these three seminars - stay tuned for more information. 
 
The Conservation Cropping Seminars, held for the last seven years, are organized and made possible with the involvement and support of Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, University of Illinois Extension, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.
 
  

Please click here for a one page flyer about the 2021 seminars.  

 
 
Register Online to reserve your spot
 
 

  

Please Help Us Sponsor These Seminars!

 

The Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Conservation Cropping Seminar committee is proud to continue the Illinois Conservation Cropping Seminars in 2021. With the challenges of 2020, the 2021 Conservation Cropping Seminars will not consist of three one-day meetings but instead go online with three 2-hour online events.

 

Past seminars offered sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities.  With the online format for 2021, there will be no exhibits, but sponsorships are welcomed and you, your organization, or company will be recognized during the events. 

 

Sponsorships can be taken by mail or online through Illinois ePay: Choose make a one-time payment and then your payment category.  

 

Deadline for 2021 Sponsorships is January 7, 2021.  Please email logos to Elliot Lagacy and April Opatik.

 

Contact the following for more information:

Elliot Lagacy

Marty McManus

Joe Bybee

 

2021 Sponsors:

American Farmland Trust 
Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership
University of Illinois Extension

 

2020 Sponsors:

Platinum:
American Farmland Trust 
 
Gold:
Bayer
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
 
Silver:
Illinois Corn Growers Association
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
ProHarvest Seeds
 
Bronze:
Exapata Soultions, Inc
Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership
Midwest Grass & Forage
Saddle Butte Ag
 
Copper:
Cover Cress Inc
Soil & Water Conservation Society

 

2019 Sponsors:

Platinum:
American Farmland Trust
 
Gold:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Monsanto
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
 
Silver:
Compeer Financial
Illinois Corn Growers Association
ProHarvest Seeds
 
Bronze:
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Soybean Association
Midwest Grass & Forage
Saddle Butte Ag
Salford Group Inc
 
Copper:
The Nature Conservancy
Nutrien Ag Solutions
Soil & Water Conservation Society
 

2018 Sponsors:

Platinum:
American Farmland Trust
 
Gold:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Monsanto
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
 
Silver:
Compeer Financial
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
ProHarvest Seeds
 
Bronze:
Illinois Farm Bureau
Illinois Soybean Association
Midwest Grass & Forage
Saddle Butte Ag
Salford Group Inc
 
Copper:
Soil & Water Conservation Society

 

2017 Sponsors:

Gold:
Illinois Department of Agriculture
USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
American Farmland Trust
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Monsanto
 
Silver:
1st Farm Credit
Illinois Corn Growers Association 
ProHarvest
 
Bronze:
Salford Group Inc
Saddle Butte Ag
 
Copper:
Midwest Grass and Forage (Jacksonville)
Hendrickson Flying and Mark Seed (Rockford)
Gypsoil (Carbondale)
AgriEnergy Resources
Hendrickson Flying Service
Mark Seed Resources
 
 
2016 Sponsors:
1st Farm Credit

Ag Production Specialists

American Farmland Trust

C.D. Ford and Sons Inc

Gypsoil

Illinois C-BMP

Illinois Department of Agriculture

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

The Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Lindell Aerial Ag Service

Midwest Grass & Forage

Monsanto

ProHarvest Seeds

Salford Group Inc

Saddle Butte Ag

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