Monday, July 17, 2017

Farm Progress Show 2017

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Look for Conservation Partners at Farm Progress Show

Champaign, IL— Are you going to the 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL this summer? It opens August 29-31 and promises to be full of new things to see, hear, and learn. Be sure to visit the “Partners in Conservation” tent. According to Illinois State Conservationist Ivan Dozier, “Stop by and see us at location 26E in the Southeast Quad. You can’t miss it—just look for big, blue flags and a huge soil pit!”

The Partner’s in Conservation theme this year is “Have a ConserVAtion ConverSAtion” because one end of the tent will be a large stage and seating for a variety of hour-long panel discussions held daily from 10 am to 4 pm. “Come in, sit down, and take a load off. Learn something new that’s happening in conservation. What could be better?” says Dozier. Each discussion includes a question and answer period and opportunity to talk one-on-one with guests after each session.

Conservation discussion topics include:
-   Soil Health & Cover Crops -   Soil Demonstrations
-   Local Food & Small Grain Production -   Water Quality & Communities
-   Leadership Insights -   Bioreactors & Saturated Buffers
-   Pollinator Habitat & Benefits -   Farmer Testimonials
-   Soil Fertility -    And more!

On the site, see a Rainfall Simulator Demo, “Sammy Soil Saver” – in person!, a 1935 Soil Erosion Service pickup truck, USGS Research Boat, and a freshly dug soil pit you can walk through and examine yourself. Bring your camera and take plenty of selfies.
If you’re into cover crops (or still thinking about it), meet Mr. Gabe Brown our special guest and a farmer from North Dakota. Gabe will share stories on how he uses CRAZY cover crop mixes to create super, healthy soil with impressive yields.

Who else can you find in the “Partners in Conservation” tent? Twenty-one groups you should know:

American Farmland Trust IL Soil Classifiers US Fish & Wildlife Service
Association of SWCDs IL Stewardship Alliance US Geologic Survey
Holistic Management International Isaac Walton League USDA NRCS - Illinois
IL Assn of Drainage Districts Macon County SWCD USDA Rural Development
IL Department of Agriculture Mason State Nursery IL Rural Water Assn
IL Department of Natural Resources The Nature Conservancy IL Land Improvement Contractors Assn.
IL Environmental Protection Agency Trees Forever

“We’re hoping for nice temperatures but will have cooling fans and water available, and all vendors will provide some helpful information you can use on your land. Hope to see you in August!” Dozier adds.

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