How long does it take to make something a habit? If “five years” counts, than the annual Conservation Cropping Seminars are a new Illinois tradition that are making a difference. Three new events are planned for January 2018, offering information and exposure to valuable information for farmers ready to make changes on their ground. According to State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “These conservation partners organized related discussions at the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur. They are on the road again to host one-day seminars at three new locations. Their goal? To plant ideas for using cover crops, improving soil health, and using stewardship techniques.” Consider attending any of these seminars—January 23rd in Kankakee, January 24th in Olney, and January 25th in Peoria, Illinois. To register, visit www.ccswcd.com and click on the block about the seminars.  


Each event features research and panel discussions from farmers who use conservation solutions with success. Each day includes great speakers, important research, and true testimonials. “Just this fall, as I drive around Illinois, I’ve seen more cover crops going in. It’s what I’ve been hoping to see,” Dozier adds. 










Each seminar costs only $20, payable by check or credit card, and it includes lunch. This is the fifth annual group of Conservation Cropping Seminars, which grew out of the old Tillage Seminars which producers, Ag industry representatives, certified crop advisors, and others attended for years. The 2018 events start around 8:40 am and end about 4 pm, with time to meet and visit speakers, sponsors, or chat with others in an informal networking atmosphere.  

Illinois farmers are growing more interested in taking steps to increase conservation on their land. The tips, techniques, and research shared at these events will help farmers find ways to reduce nutrient losses and improve water quality. “You can talk to presenters, visit with farmers on the panels, or just sit back and soak it in,” said Dozier.  

January 23, 2018  – Quality Inn – Contact: Joe (815) 787-5480

January 24, 2018  – The Holiday Restaurant -- 1300 S. West St. in Olney, IL – Contact: Elliot (217) 353-6603 January 25, 2018  – Holiday Inn Suites – 7601 N. Orange Prairie RD Peoria, IL – Contact: Marty (309) 738-7227

These events offer producers an opportunity to gather facts and make decisions that fit their own operation. To learn more and to register, visit the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website www.ccswcd.com. Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors, and reach local and new clients. See website for details. Primary sponsors and organizers include Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.