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Coles County Soil & Water Conservation District

Local Internship Opportunity: SWCD Seeks Education Specialist

The Coles County SWCD is offering an internship as an Education Specialist for the 2019-2020 school year. Under the guidance of the Education Coordinator, the Education Specialist-Intern will develop and present conservation, environmental, and agricultural education programs to audiences of…
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USDA Reopens Continuous CRP Signup

USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began accepting applications on June 3, 2019, for certain practices under the continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) signup and will offer extensions for expiring CRP contracts. FSA stopped accepting applications last fall for the continuous…
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2019 STAR Field Forms To Be Released Soon

The Saving Tomorrow’s Agricultural Resources (STAR) program will soon be entering it’s 3rd year, and with endorsements and support from the Illinois Soil and Water Conservation District Association, Illinois Department of Agriculture, and a number of industry groups, the program…
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Master Naturalist Program Coming to Coles County

The Illinois Extension’s Master Naturalist Program is coming to Coles County! If you are an adult who loves the outdoors, has a concern for the local environment and wants to provide education and service to help your local community this…
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Photo Contest Winners Announced

We received some really great submissions for this year’s local Conservation Photo Contest. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Sandra Cooper and Joseph Perez! Cooper’s submission “Monarch Magnet” took first in Close Up Conservation. Perez received several first place awards: in…
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2019 Illinois EQIP Application Deadlines Set

USDA-NRCS’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural and forestland producers to install conservation practices. In addition to conservation practices, EQIP funds plan development, such as Comprehensive Nutrient Management…
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2019 Coles Co. SWCD Director Election Results

The annual election for Coles County SWCD Directors was held on February 7th. This year there were 2 positions to be filled. After all of the ballots were counted, the Coles Co. SWCD’s 2018 Board of Directors consists of Bill…
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Well-Water Test Kits Available

Because private well water is not monitored by testing at a treatment facility, the EPA recommends testing twice a year. In the past, we’ve had to refer folks to private companies to have their water tested, but we recently found…
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