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Economics of Soil Health

Join the University of Illinois Extension and Jo Daviess Soil and Water Health Coalition for "The Economics of Soil Health.” This event will feature Extension Specialists and experienced producers discussing the costs and benefits of regenerative agriculture. This free program will be offered at the Elizabeth Community Building, HWY 20 W., Elizabeth, IL on December 8, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Registration is limited and pre-registration is required by Friday, December 3. To register or for more information call us at 815-858-2273 or visit us online at

Leading the morning session is University of Wisconsin Madison Nutrient and Pest Management Specialist Dan Smith discussing “Tillage Economics.” According to Smith, “Tillage has costs we can quickly calculate- fuel, time, equipment requirements and depreciation, etc. But tillage has many more costs that may not initially appear, and these include loss of soil organic matter, soil erosion, compaction, and more.” The impacts of production strategies will be translated into terms of dollars annually, but also in terms of the intangible and long-term benefits (organic matter, infiltration, reduced erosion, etc.) and how they support profits over time. 

All current COVID-19 guidelines recommended by IDPH and the CDC will be followed and the event is subject to change in order to follow the most up to date guidance.

If you need a reasonable accommodation to attend this program please contact the Jo Daviess County Extension Office at 815-858-2273. Early requests are encouraged.