CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — With crazy 2019 weather, planting conditions and harvest delays, talk about cover crops in Illinois might be at an all-time high.

For those who haven’t yet got on board with all the sustainable and regenerative changes in agriculture, attending one of the Jan. 21-23 seminars might just fit the bill.

Start making plans now to attend one of the 2020 Conservation Cropping Seminar events. Speakers and special guests include Hans Kok, Indiana Soil Health Consultant; Bryan Young, Purdue University weed and chemistry professor; and Rick and Aaron Clark, Illinois conservation farmers on the cutting edge of making things doable and profitable.

“These meetings can introduce farmers to the information, the scientific research, and testimonial evidence they need to take steps in transforming their own farm operations. Farmers learn from the speakers at these events, but they also learn from each other as they share successes and lessons learned,” said State Conservationist Ivan Dozier.

The seminars will be Jan. 21 at Mt.Vernon’s DoubleTree Hotel; Jan. 22 at Bloomington’s DoubleTree Hotel; and Jan. 23 at Rochelle’s Hickory Grove Conference Center.

The 2020 events run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with time scheduled during the day to meet and visit speakers, sponsors, or chat with other participants in a small group setting.

Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Register online at or call the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District at 217-352-3536.

According to Dozier, Illinois farmers are interested in finding solutions and strategies that can improve success with challenging weather conditions.

“I believe more farmers are ready to take steps to make small improvements on their farm that make sense environmentally and economically. These seminars are the perfect place to begin having those conversations and start making those changes,” Dozier said.

Local businesses and organizations can exhibit, serve as sponsors and reach local and new clients. See the website for details.

Primary sponsors and organizers of seminars 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.


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