July 14-16
Annual Conference | Springfield


Meet Your Farmer Day – 2024 Rock Island County Fair
9am – 4pm Wednesday July 17
Rock Island County Fairgrounds, 4200 Archer Dr., East Moline
Activities, demonstrations, and speakers including Farmers Market on the second day of the Rock Island County Fair. Farmer Panel, Precision Conservation Management, and SWCD staff will be making presentations in the afternoon.
Event sponsored by Rock Island County Farm Bureau, Rock Island SWCD, and the Rock Island County Fair Board.
More info on Facebook

McLean County New & Beginning Farmer Meeting
9:30-11am July 18
Davis Lodge, Lake Bloomington, 25432 Davis Lodge Rd, Hudson
Goal is to introduce more of our next generation farmers to the contacts within the Normal USDA Service Center and make sure they’re introduced to the Farm Service Agency farm loan possibilities, conservation programs, and the local staff. (USDA defines a new/beginning farmer as anyone who has operated a farm or ranch for less than 10 years.)
RSVP to McLean County SWCD 309-452-3848 ext 3 by July 16

An on-farm field day with lessons from organic farming – University of Illinois Extension, The Land Connection, Krug Family Farms
9:30am-3pm Thursday July 18
Krug Family Farm, 148 E Main St, El Paso
By Organic Agronomy Training Service with Organic Trade Association – on farm workshop and knowledgeable support.
Free – registration – $20 meal optional

Quail Lane Farm and Route 66 Prairie Habitat Tour
By Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever
9am-noon Friday July 19
Quail Lane Farm in Litchfield
Join Farm Bill Biologist Emilee Hale for a Prairie Habitat Tour. See a 60-acre mature grass CRP planting, then the Route 66 Prairie to see an example of prairie restoration.
Meet at 111 Quail Lane, Litchfield at 9am.

Conservation on the Farm
5:307pm July 22
University of Illinois Extension Tazewell Branch Office
Brent Fowler, McDonough County farmer and Master Naturalist, will discuss his work restoring prairie on the family corn/soybean farm along with his efforts to improve water quality through nutrient management, reduced tillage, and cover crops.

JULIE Remote Ticket Entry Training
9am July 24
Making it more convenient for you to submit your own locate requests online and avoid potential delays on hold during peak times.
Register – free

Kane-DuPage SWCD
Farmers Field Day: Row Crops Integrated with Pollinator Strips
8:30-11am Thursday July 25
Convene at Kane County Farm Bureau, 2N710 Randall Rd in St, Charles
Prairie strips, or CP 43, is a practice in the Conservation Reserve Program that protects soil and water while providing habitat for wildlife through the integration of native perennial plants into strategic locations within corn and soybean fields. Presenter Tim Youngquist, Iowa State ag specialist, will highlight conservation benefits and the history of STRIPS (Science-based Trials of Row Crops Integrated with Prairie Strips). Field day topics include prairie strip design, pollinators, roots and vegetation, soil retention, and water quality. FSA will be on hand for questions. Notes: This event is made possible by the generous contributions of Iowa State University and Chicago Wilderness Alliance. Thank you to the Kane County Farm Bureau for hosting and the Kane County Forest Preserve for their site tour.
Registration Deadline July 15

Field Crop Farmer Meet-Up 
7:30-8:30 a.m. Thursday July 25
29053 1500 E St, Walnut
Join Practical Farmers of Iowa for donuts and a cup of coffee and talk with local farmers about cover crops, conservation practices on your farm, or the growing season in general. This casual get-together provides an opportunity for farmers to connect, share ideas, and troubleshoot challenges around the farm.
Free and open to the public.

University of Illinois Extension Annual Ewing Agronomy Field Day
9am Thursday July 25
Ewing Demonstration Center (Franklin SWCD)
The event will feature various educators and campus faculty as they provide best management practices for local growers. Lunch to follow.
Register online

Clinton County Farm Bureau Field Day
July 27 – Sugar Creek Valley Farms, 12555 Poettker Road, Aviston
Clinton Farm Bureau has supported a multi-component cover crop and manure management project — evaluating soil health, nutrient use efficiency and return on investment. The event will focus on sharing results from this year’s plot and providing information on how to get started with cover crops. In addition to hearing from several partners, Clinton Farm Bureau will host Jo Daviess Farm Bureau as part of a regenerative agriculture ideas exchange.
Register by July 22 to the Clinton Farm Bureau 618.526.7235

Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association Drainage Workshop
8am-2pm Tuesday July 30
Richland Community College in Decatur
For the latest information on the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, a deep dive on edge of field practices for tile drainage treatment, government and private cost share opportunities, WOTUS, and jurisdictional wetlands and determination information.
-Denitrifying Woodchip Bioreactors
-Saturated Buffers
-Constructed Wetlands
-Drainage Water Management
-Drainage Water Recycling
Free, includes lunch, register via PDF or online

Nutrient Stewardship Field Day – Will-South Cook SWCD + Will County Farm Bureau
3-6pm Wednesday July 31
Kiefner Farm – 25545 S. Cedar Road, Manhattan
Will County Farm Bureau and Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District are partnering on a nutrient stewardship field day. The event will have additional nutrient management industry and research experts joining to share information on nutrient loss reduction practices, funding opportunities, and more. Speakers will include:
Raelynn Parmely, Environmental Program Manager, Illinois Farm Bureau
Andrew Margenot, Associate Professor, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Brett Roberts, State Conservation Agronomist, Illinois NRCS
Julie Hewitt, Nutrient Research and Education Council
Ken Ferrie, Crop-Tech Consultant
A meal will be provided after the presentation.
Please RSVP to Will County Farm Bureau at 815-727-4811 by Wednesday July 24

Webinar: Individual Plant Treatments to Control Woody Invasive Plants
July 31 – University of Illinois Extension
Explore the methods used for each of the individual plant treatment applications, tips and techniques for success, and common herbicides and tools used with these applications.

Check out the bootcamps offered by Farm Foundation. Whether you’re a seasoned leader or new to the farm – the courses are taught by industry leaders, academic researchers, and subject matter experts. Held at the foundation’s campus in Libertyville.
Topics . . .
• Production Ag Sector—components and trends of production agriculture and farm-level economics, increase understanding on how to make decisions about new practices and innovations.
• Climate Change ESG Goals—understand increasing role of soil health, sustainability, regenerative agriculture, and ESG for food packaging corporations and the implications.
• Food and Ag Policy—learn about government entities involved in food and agriculture policies, key legislation, and issues.
• Innovation and Investment—understand the role investments in food and agriculture plays in advancing innovations and technologies, adoption rates and drivers, and why key innovations matter in food and agriculture.
• The Future of Food and Ag— wrap up by looking ahead into the future of food and agriculture, ongoing trends, and drivers of change, including consumer trends and their implications in both the food and agriculture sectors.

Future Proof Your Farm: ISAP’s 2024 Risk Management Conference
9-10:30 am August 1, 8, 15 – Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership
Three, 1.5 hour webinar sessions designed to help farmers and advisors think beyond the management of next season, instead focusing on long-term, developing threats to farm status quo, and how conservation practice adoption can mitigate that risk.

Illinois Windbreak Workshop + Field Tour
9am-5pm August 2 – Urbana
St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church/Sola Gratia Farm (AM) 2200 Philo Rd #8002
Savanna Institute Agroforestry Demo Farm (PM) 1349 County Rd 1900 E
Riggs Brewing Company (Happy Hour) 1901 S High Cross Rd
Windbreaks have an incredible list of benefits for farm ecosystems and production, but they’ve mostly disappeared from our agricultural landscapes here in Illinois. Adding them back into agricultural production systems can seem like a big lift, but local expertise and financial support are available to get hedgerows, shelterbelts, windbreaks, and fencerows back on the farm.
This will be a full-day event focused on illuminating this practice’s history, benefits, planning, funding, establishment, maintenance, and long-term success. Experts from NRCS, Savanna Institute, Canopy Farm Management, and other conservation and agricultural organizations will be present to be part of the discussion, answer questions, and help connect you to the resources you need to add windbreaks back on the farm.
Agenda (subject to change)
9:00am Welcome + Check In
9:15am Introductions+ Overview of the Day
9:30am Windbreak History, Successes, and Challenges
10:00am Windbreak Planning + Design
11:00am Participatory Design Activity
12:00pm Lunch + Fellowship
1:00pm Windbreak Cost-share + Technical Support
1:30pm Travel to Field Tour Site
2:00pm Windbreak Tour (Establishment, Maintenance, Renovation)
3:30pm Reflections + Closing
4:00pm Optional Happy Hour
5:00pm Event End
Registration and More Information

Jo Daviess County Farm Bureau Field Day
August 2 – First driveway south of 4629 IL-78 S., Stockton
Jo Daviess will share updates on several trials evaluating cover crop and nutrient management practices. This year’s program will include a regenerative agriculture ideas exchange and a panel of members from Clinton Farm Bureau Nutrient Stewardship Committee. The field day will also include updates from Andrew Margenot, University of Illinois associate professor of crop sciences.
Register by July 26th to the Jo Daviess Farm Bureau 815.858.2235

Cover Crop Field Day
9:15am-2pm Thursday August 8
VFW, 511 VFW Street in Coulterville
Learn how cover crops can improve nutrient efficiency, aid in weed suppression and pest management, and increase productivity at a Cover Crop Field Day with in-field demonstrations & comparisons. Coffee, donuts, and presentations at VFW Hall before traveling to nearby farm for demonstrations, then back to the VFW Hall for lunch and final presentations).
Sponsored by American Farmland Trust – Midwest, ADM and Jackson, Perry + Randolph SWCDs
Free, but RSVP required by 7/26/2024 to either
Jackson 618-684-3471 x101 or jacksonswcd077@outlook.com
Perry 618-357-6016 x3 or marilyn.thompson@il.nacdnet.net
Randolph 618-443-4381 x3 or cheryl.houghlan@il.nacdnet.net

Fields of Gold: Economic Benefits of Adding Wheat to Your Rotation

8am-1:30pm Tuesday August 13

Roots Run Deep Farm, 857 E 300 North Rd, Hammond

Highlights . . .
• Building Soil Health with Wheat in the Rotation
• University of Illinois Wheat Breeding Program
• Wheat as a Cover Crop & Improving Water Quality Suitability of Double Cropping in a Changing Climate
• Farmer Panel with 3 Central Illinois Wheat Growers
• Lunch from Jo’s Country Diner
RegisterDownload flyer

Webinar: Woodland Restoration from Forests to Front Yards, Justin Vozzo, University of Illinois
August 14 – University of Illinois Extension
Illinois’ forests face numerous stressors, including invasive species, disease outbreaks, and shifting environmental conditions that have resulted in the degradation of many forests around the state. However, there are steps anyone can take to start restoring our forest ecosystems, from regional forests to small plots within urban areas. Explore a holistic approach to the process of restoring woodlands that also accounts for a variety of management goals. And discover a variety of scale-based management techniques that apply in both traditional and novel ecosystems, such as urban forests.

JULIE Remote Ticket Entry Training
9am August 14
Making it more convenient for you to submit your own locate requests online and avoid potential delays on hold during peak times.
Register – free

Watershed Leaders Workshop
August 19-21
Farmers, advisors, and conservationists – join in an engaging workshop at Chestnut Mountain Resort, Galena, Connect, learn, and take action together.
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Cover Crop Field Day – Wayne SWCD
4pm Tuesday August 20
Greg Dickey’s Farm, 981 Co Rd 530 Wayne City
Featuring speakers
John Pike, Pike Ag, LLC
David Kleinschmidt, Understanding Ag
Jonah Cooley, Precision Conservation
Cliff Schuette, Clinton SWCD
Plus field demonstrations and dinner catered by Randy’s Smokehouse

Piatt, Macon County Farm Bureau Field Day
August 20 – TBD
Piatt and Macon Farm Bureaus have worked for years to support Lake Decatur Watershed improvement efforts. This work includes supporting a NRCS RCPP.

Webinar: Natural Areas Conservation in Illinois, Kevin Rohling, University of Illinois
August 21 – University of Illinois Extension
Illinois is an innovator in natural areas conservation and management. Explore Illinois’ role in the natural areas movement, review conservation and legal protection options, and discuss how management is often necessary to maintain biodiversity and natural resources in addition to legal protections. Discover ways you can contribute to the legacy of natural area protection and management alongside natural resources professionals, landowners, and volunteers who are working to make a difference in the prairie state.

Wayne County Farm Bureau Field Day
August 22 – Fairfield
Wayne Farm Bureau is sponsoring a Nutrient Loss Inhibitor Demonstration (NLID) plot and field day as part of their ongoing nutrient stewardship project. The overarching goals of this project include demonstrating the efficacy of various nutrient uptake enhancers and nutrient loss inhibitors.

JULIE Remote Ticket Entry Training
1:30pm August 24
Making it more convenient for you to submit your own locate requests online and avoid potential delays on hold during peak times.
Register – free

Cook County Farm Bureau Field Day
August 28 – Chicago Heights
The Farm Bureau and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago have worked together to bridge the gap between point-source and nonpoint-source stakeholder interests. Along with partners from the University of Illinois, plus Cook and Fulton Farm Bureaus, and the Illinois Specialty Growers Association are hosting the event highlighting practices and collaborative partnerships that can be employed to contribute to the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Webinar: Resources to Address Deer Impacts to Woodlands, Jarred Brooke, Purdue University
August 28 – University of Illinois Extension
White-tailed deer are an important part of Midwestern forests, but their browsing has an impact on forest health. Explore tools available from Purdue University Extension and The Nature Conservancy of Indiana that are designed to help woodland owners and managers understand, monitor, and manage deer impacts on forest ecosystems.

LaSalle County Farm Bureau Field Day
August 29 – Oak Ridge Golf Club, La Salle
Register by August 23 to LaSalle Farm Bureau 815.433.0371
LaSalle Farm Bureau, as well as other partners, will join to highlight research related to phosphorus management and nutrient cycling.

Accessing NRCS Land Management Funding
Noon-1:30 pm September 5 – save the date
Join American Farmland Trust – Midwest for the Soil Health on Protected Land Lunch & Learn webinar series.

Knox County Farm Bureau Field Day
September 6 – TBD
Knox Farm Bureau continues to support cover crop implementation and outreach through their Young Farmers Cover Crop Project. The project has provided financial and technical support for growers across the county, with the goal of implementing one cover crop plot in each township. This year’s field day will share updates from the project, including visiting some of the plots included in the project.


Illinois Association of Drainage Districts – Annual Conference
January 16-17 – Bloomington 

North American Conservation & Drainage Expo
January 21-23 – Indianapolis, Indiana 
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