URBANA, Ill. – The eighth annual Conservation Cropping Seminars will return January 2021 in a new virtual format over three days. The seminars give farmers access to soil health ideas from researchers that will improve practices on the farm.

The free three-day conference will be 9 to 11 a.m. CST Jan. 20, 28 and Feb. 4. Researchers, experts, and Illinois farmers will offer helpful information, new research and data, and farmer testimonials on soil health.

Use sustainable techniques that build up natural resilience to weather extremes, pests and weeds that improves soil health. Participants will learn to remain profitable and even more marketable by adopting best practices. The seminar will also include question and answer sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CCUs are available.

The speaker lineup includes representatives from the Soil Science Society of America, Western Illinois University, University of Minnesota, the Illinois Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources program, Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Illinois farmers.

More information is available on the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website at www.ccswcd.com. The registration form is available online at bit.ly/3s3YNdg. For more information, contact Joe Bybee at joe.bybee@illinois.gov.

The seminar is coordinated through the involvement and support of Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, University of Illinois Extension, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact Joe Bybee at joe.bybee@illinois.gov. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for the requested accommodation.

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