For Immediate Release: December 4, 2015                                                      Contact: Paige Buck, NRCS (217) 353-6606

2016 Illinois Seminars Planned Conservation Cropping Seminars Attendance Still Climbing!

(CHAMPAIGN, IL) – Does $20 seem like a lot to gain knowledge, insight, and skills that can improve your farm and your bottom line? Not to conservation partners. It’s worth investing $20 and one winter day to feed your curiosity and that growing desire to improve your farm operation. Local agricultural producers and resource experts will share information and personal experiences on soil health improvement options, cover crop success, and wise nutrient management techniques. Consider attending any of the three unique seminars planned at three new Illinois locations—January 26th in Champaign, January 27 in Milan (Quad Cities), and January 28th in Godfrey, Illinois. To register, visit and click on the IDOA Conservation Cropping Seminar listed on the right to access the website.

The fee to attend is $20, payable by check or credit card. These new Conservation Cropping Seminars grew out of the old Tillage Seminars producers, Ag industry representatives, certified crop advisors, and others attended for years. The new events start at 8 am and end at 3:30 pm, with time to meet after and visit speakers, sponsors, and attendees in an informal networking atmosphere.

“We are glad to work with so many great conservation partners for another year and bring this information and opportunity to more locations across the state,” Acting State Conservationist Eric Gerth said. “For three years now we’ve worked with the Illinois Department of Agriculture to connect with new farmers and involve more key partners. The group’s goal is to help spread good information, ideas, and confidence in key conservation solutions that will work in Illinois.”


  • January 26, 2016 – i Hotel Conference Center – 1900 S. First St. in Champaign, IL – Contact: Elliot Lagacy (217) 353-6603
  • January 27, 2016 – Lewis & Clark College – “The Commons” @ 5800 Godfrey Rd. in Godfrey IL – Contact: Gary Albers (618) 476-7230
  • January 28, 2016 – The Camden Centre – 2701 1st East Street in Milan, IL – Contact: Marty McManus (309) 738-7227

“Attendance continues to climb at these events, which tells us farmers want to know more,” said Elliot Lagacy, one of Illinois Department of Agriculture’s coordinators. “The feedback partners gathered last year helped strengthen topics and speakers for 2016.” Featured speaker this year includes Dr. Jennifer Moore-Kucera, from the newly formed Soil Health Division at NRCS’ National Headquarters.

Seminar coordinators encourage producers near local sites register and see detailed Seminar agendas, discussion topics, and speakers. Visit the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website and click on the calendar item for the nearest session. Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors, and reach local and new clients. See website for details. Sponsors and organizers include, Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.