Champaign, IL July 3, 2019 — Are you attending the 2019 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL this summer? The excitement begins August 27 - 29 and the show promises to be full of new things to see, hear, and learn. Don’t miss the “Partners in Conservation” tent. According to Illinois State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “We’ll be looking for you to visit us at location 26E over in the Southeast Quad. You can’t miss us—we’re the white tent with big blue flags, a 1935 Soil Erosion Service pickup truck, and a huge soil pit out front!”
The Partner’s in Conservation theme for 2019 is Conservation Progress: Past, Present, Future. According to John Sullivan, Director of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, “Our conservation movement has an impressive past, a strong presence today, and an exciting future given the new technology and research underway. There’s a lot to celebrate and so much more all the Partners in conservation can do when we continue to work together.”
Steve Stierwalt, President of the Association of Illinois SWCDs, says he will be glad to see crowds come August, “There’s such a growing interest in farming the right way and the important role local farmers play. I encourage all board members and district directors to visit our tent. See first-hand the energy and enthusiasm for conservation.”
All partners and organizations in the Partners in Conservation tent are eager to attend the 2019 Decatur show to celebrate accomplishments and convince even more Illinois farmers to increase their interest and commitment to conservation on their farm. Visit the tent and learn what ideas will work best on your acres. Tent attractions include an enclosed beehive, pollinator plant species and a monarch observation area, the wetland tank, a tabletop Denitrifying Bioreactor display/demo, the Soil Health Tunnel, a soil pit and rainfall simulator, and an antique tractor and high-tech soil probe truck.
“There are so many conservation concepts to see and technical professionals to talk to, you don’t want to miss it!” says Dozier. To learn more, visit the Farm Progress Show website at https://www.farmprogressshow.com.
Who will you find in the “Partners in Conservation” tent? Sixteen groups you should know:
American Farmland Trust
Association of Illinois SWCDs
IL Department of Agriculture
IL Department of Natural Resources
IL Environmental Council
IL Environmental Protection Agency
IL Land Improvement Contractors Assn.
IL Nutrient Research and Ed. Council
IL Rural Water Assn.
IL Soil Classifiers Assn.
IL State Bee Keepers Assn.
IL Stewardship Alliance
Macon County SWCD
Mason State Nursery
The Wetlands Initiative
US Geological Survey
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