Seminars give farmers a head start on spring

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A seminar will take farmers beneath the plant to look at soil health.
Photo provided A seminar will take farmers beneath the plant to look at soil health.

For an investment of $20 and seven hours, farmers can feed their curiosity and improve productivity on their farms. Local agricultural producers and resource experts will share information and insights on soil health improvement options, cover crop success, and wise nutrient management techniques at three unique USDA seminars.

The seminars will take place Jan. 27 in Sycamore, Feb. 4 in Mattoon, and Feb. 18 in Macomb. To register, visit and click on the seminars logo.

The $20 fee is payable by check or credit card. The new Conservation Cropping Seminars were an outgrowth of popular Tillage Seminars held over the last several years. Seminars begin around 8:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m., with time afterward to meet and visit speakers, sponsors, and attendees in an informal networking atmosphere.

“We are pleased to work with conservation partners another year to bring this series of seminars to more locations across the state,” Agriculture Director Bob Flider said. “I hope we can reach more farmers and agribusiness professionals who attend one of these meetings and learn how to adopt workable conservation systems on their own farms.”

The Sycamore seminar will be held at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore. For information, call Joe Bybee at 815-787-5480.

The Mattoon seminar will be held at Lake Land Community College, 5001 Lake Land Blvd. For information, call Elliott Lagacy at 217-353-6603.

The Macomb seminar will be held at the Student Union of Western Illinois University, 1 University Circle. For information, call Marty McManus at 309-738-7227.

“Attendance last year was strong,” said Illinois NRCS State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “and feedback confirmed the topics and innovative speakers we offer at these sessions really meet the needs and interests of Illinois farmers.”

Seminar coordinators encourage producers near local sites register and see detailed seminar agendas, discussion topics, and speakers. Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors, and reach local and new clients. See website for details.

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