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2023 Conservation Cropping Seminar

Event Date
January 18, 2023
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
State Fair Grounds-Illinois Dept of Agriculture Atrium, 801 E Sangamon Ave., Springfield, IL 62706
Fee Description
$25 in-person w/ lunch. $15 virtual w/ CEUs
Alfalfa cover crop field

Come join us on January 18th, 2023 for the annual Conservation Cropping Seminar.



Please register online at the Champaign County SWCD website at, and reserve your spot today!

Attention Illinois Farmers! Find ways to improve soil health, learn more about cover crops, adopt new technologies, improve root health, manage nutrients, and hear the latest agronomic research. Attend this year’s event to use sustainable techniques & climate-smart solutions that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests, and weeds. Learn from conservationists, researchers, and specialists! There will be a Question & Answer session as well as helpful resources to access. For nine years, Illinois conservation partners will offer information, data, and guidance in a one day, 5-hour hybrid virtual conference.

We learned in recent years how popular and easy virtual events can be and we DOUBLED participants as a result. But we know farmers like to sit together and talk. Let’s do BOTH! The planning committee found five GREAT speakers to share helpful information and ideas Illinois farmers can use. For $25 we’ll feed lunch to the first 100 in-person registrants. Virtual guests can join online for just $15 (lunch is on your own!). We’ve arranged for 4.5 soil & water CEUs & 1.0 Nutrient Mgt CEUs!

This event is organized and made possible with involvement and support of IL Dept. of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, IL Environmental Protection Agency, IL Sustainable Ag Partnership, and local Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

For more information, contact Debbie Gray at (618) 980-0117.

conservation cropping seminar flyer


In-person & Virtual

9:00 am
Welcome & Remarks

Jerry Costello, IL Ag Director

9:15 am
Corn Yield Gap Reduction Strategies for Cover Crop Systems

Dr. Shalamar Armstrong-Purdue University

10:05 am
Break & Refreshments

Networking opportunity

10:20 am
Making Money with Soil Health

Mitchell Hora-Continuum Ag

11:10 am
Using Stewardship Practices in Indiana to Improve On-Farm Sustainability – One Retailer’s Experience

Betsy Bower, Agronomist-Ceres Solutions Cooperative

12:00 pm

IL Dept. of Ag Bldg.

12:45 pm
Roots of Climate Mitigation

Philip Benfey-Hi Fidelity Technologies

1:35 pm
Break & Refreshments

Networking opportunity

1:40 pm
Farmer Panel Discussion

Illinois farmers discuss their operations, lessons learned; Q & A

2:35 pm
Climate-Smart Agriculture In Cropping Systems: Initiatives for Practices and Systems

Dr. Michael Woods, Manager-Division of Natural Resources, IL Dept. of Agriculture