ABOUT THE S.T.A.R. PROGRAM
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. The goal of S.T.A.R. is to encourage the continued adoption of conservation practices, and recognize farmers for their commitment to sustainability. From improved nutrient management to cover crops to edge of field water treatment and even crop rotation or inclusion of livestock, a suite of practices can result in a rating of between one and five stars!
Ultimately, this program will help reduce the nutrient and soil losses from farmland over larger areas while engaging key stakeholders from all corners of the agriculture sector - retail, commodity, agency, and farmers. In addition, the practices encouraged by S.T.A.R. will also result in improve soil health.
WHY USE S.T.A.R.?
The potential benefits to participating landowners and farm operators are numerous, and include:
Decreased nutrient loss
Promote a positive image of farmers and agriculture in your community
Inspire other farmers and landowners to take action in helping to meet nutrient and sediment loss reduction goals
Promote producers for new farmland leases
Assist producers in securing local conservation cost share
Assist producers in obtaining future market incentives for crops grown using conservation cropping practices
Assist producers in obtaining documentation in support of water quality issues
Support the work of soil and water conservation districts across the nation
Fill out a 2021 STAR Field Form for EACH FIELD you want to evaluate.
There are three ways to fill out a STAR Field Form:
1. Print the form, complete by hand, and mail or deliver to our office:
Kankakee County SWCD
685 Larry Power Road
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
2. Download the fillable PDF form, complete, and email it to
3. Visit starfreetool.com and fill out online field form
After we receive your STAR forms:
Kankakee County SWCD will score your fields.
The completed score sheet and a copy of your field form will be sent back to you.
A free sign to show off your S.T.A.R. ranking will be available to place next to your field.
NOTE: The S.T.A.R. program is a free, confidential tool. The Kankakee County SWCD and Champaign County SWCD will NEVER share your rating or information without your consent.