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Coles County Soil & Water Conservation District

Teasel: A Rapidly Spreading Threat

As you travel along Illinois highways this time of the year, you may have seen a tall, spiny plant with big purple or white flowers. You might have even considered taking some seed or seed heads home to plant and use…
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Photo Contest Winners

We received some really great submissions for this year’s local Conservation Photo Contest. Congratulations to this year’s winners: Dawn Cromwell, Donald Cromwell, and Lauren Spaniol! Dawn Cromwell secured first place in the “Ag/Conservation Across America” category with her submission “Last…
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Landscaping with native plants increases biodiversity

Biodiversity commonly refers to the distribution and abundance of plant and animal species within an ecosystem (US Forest Service 1989). Biodiversity provisions us with foods and materials, it helps regulate natural phenomena such as the water cycle, it inspires cultures…
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USDA Announces 2021 CSP Application Deadline

Champaign, IL — State Conservationist, Ivan Dozier announced the submission deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year (FY) 2021 is May 7, 2021. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) plans to invest up…
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Coles County 2020 Conservationist of the Year: Kenton Macy

Coles County 2020 Conservationist of the Year: Kenton Macy

Kenton Macy of Charleston was chosen as Coles County SWCD’s 2020 Conservationist of the Year. Since his retirement from NRCS in 2017, Macy has been volunteering for several local, grass-roots conservation organizations including the Embarras Volunteer Stewards, Grand Prairie Friends,…
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Conservation Reserve Program General Signup Ends February 12

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2021 – Agricultural producers and private landowners interested in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can sign up for the popular program until Feb. 12, 2021. The competitive program, administered by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides annual rental payments for…
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Notice of Election of Directors

To all owners and occupiers of lands lying within the boundaries of Coles County Soil and Water Conservation District: Notice is hereby given that an election will be held on the 4th day of February 2021 from 7:00am to 5:30pm…
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