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2023 IL State Technical Committee Mtgs Set

The State Technical Committee, which functions in an advisory capacity to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service on implementation of the Farm Bills and related technical and scientific issues, has set dates and locations for 2023 meetings. Individuals with conservation expertise are welcome to attend and participate. NRCS holds all meetings at the NRCS State Office, 2118 W. Park Ct., Champaign, IL 61821 unless COVID-19 protocols prohibit a face-to-face meeting. All meetings convene at 9:30 AM.

  • Mar. 9, 2023 @ NRCS Champaign
  • Jul. 6, 2023 @ NRCS Champaign
  • Nov. 9, 2023 @ NRCS Champaign

If needed, other special meetings may be called.

News Releases

January 2023

IL NRCS Announces 2023 RCPP Application Cutoff Date: Kinkaid Lake Restoration Project

IL NRCS Announces 2023 RCPP Application Cutoff Date: Lake Springfield Source Water Protection Project

IL NRCS Announces 2023 RCPP Application Cutoff Date: Southern Illinois Oak Ecosystem Restorations

IL NRCS Announces 2023 RCPP Application Cutoff Date for Precision Conservation Management

Submit Illinois CSP Applications for 2023

NRCS Announces Application Cutoff for Special Conservation Projects in Marshall-Putnam Counties


2023 EQIP Application Cutoff Date Set for IL Headwaters Conservation Partnership

2023 EQIP Application Cutoff Date for Otter Lake Source Water Protection Project

2023 Application Deadline Set for IL EQIP Landscape Initiatives

EQIP Application Cutoff Date Set for NW Illinois Driftless Area

Illinois EQIP 2023 Application Deadline Established

NRCS: 2023 RCPP Application Cutoff Date for Working Lands, Water, and Wildlife Partnership

Wetland Reserve Easement Sign Up for FY 2023

Ag Land Conservation Easements with NRCS & Entities

USDA Boosts Conservation on Grazing Lands and Support for Farmers and Grazers

USDA to Invest $5 Million in in Wetland Mitigation Banking Program

USDA Invests $15 Million in Innovative Projects for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Urban Ag and Invasive Species

USDA and the Urban Transformation Network help feed Chicago with a new People’s Garden

USDA Increases Funding for Partnerships to Safeguard, Restore Wetland Ecosystems

Illinois Farmers Mailed Surveys to Get Information on Conservation Practice Use

MEDIA ADVISORY - Chicago's People Garden Kick-Off

Take Conservation Action for Bobwhite Quail

Thank a Farmer for Food, Fiber, Fuel, and Our Future

Illinois Grazing Specialist Receives National Conservation Award

Success Stories

Soil Health

'Bout Broke Farm - Rich in Conservation

Cover Crops Pay

Transformation Man

Starting Out Smart

WANTED: Open-Minded Farmer for Organic-Minded Landlord

Old Ideas, Good Ideas

A Sustainable, Diverse Operation

Living Proof

Doing His Part to Make A Difference

Not Your Average Joe

A Brave, Bold Move

Farm Improvements Help Local Water Supply

Cover Crops Work

An Oldie, but a Goodie

5th Generation Improvements

Conservation, It Must Be Done

If I can do it here, you can do it anywhere

A Different Kind of Farm Expansion

Cover Crops

Small Acres, Big Changes

Farming With Conservation In Mind

Grazier Profiles

Bauman Family Farms

Burnt Hill Cattle Company

Main Street Pastures

Root & Sky Farms

Tri-Point Ranch & "Graized"

Wanda Family Farm

Jim Burrus

Judy & StevHoepker

Patty Winheim


A New Kind of “Absentee” Landowner

Ducks Misery – A Wetland for the Ages

Nutrient Management

Taking Good Care

Carrying the Conservation Torch

Urban Agriculture

Sharing the Tomato-A People's Garden Success Story

People's Garden in Illinois Provides Food, Sanctuary for Pollinators

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative-Update


Livestock Operations-The Ultimate Recycling Story

Emergency Watershed Protection Program Success

Earth Team

Planting Seeds in Mercer County

Earth Team Volunteers Dive “All In”!

Meet Earth Team Volunteer Hannah

Meet Earth Team Volunteer Elizabeth

Meet Earth Team Volunteer Katelynn



Fact sheets


Paige Buck

State Public Affairs Specialist

Aaron Patrick

Public Affairs Specialist