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Your 2023 STAR Field Forms are due January 31st!

Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) is a FREE nationwide tool to assist farm operators and landowners in evaluating their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields. The goal of STAR is to encourage the continued adoption of conservation…
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Education Update: New Education Coordinator

Coles County SWCD is pleased to introduce our new Administrative & Education Coordinator, Bryson Gibson! Mr. Gibson is a 2007 graduate of Tuscola High School and 2013 graduate from Eastern Illinois University, where he studied sociology. Prior to accepting the…
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Photo Contest Open Until May 5th

Are you an amateur photographer residing in Coles County who would like a chance to enter your photos in a local, state, and nationwide contest? The Coles County SWCD is sponsoring a conservation photo contest to recognize individuals whose pictures…
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USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program Signup for 2023

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced (in February) that agricultural producers and private landowners can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General signup through April 7, 2023. CRP is a voluntary conservation program offered by the U.S. Department…
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Filter Strips Benefit Water Quality and Your Wallet

A filter strip is an area of permanent vegetation located between cropland or grazing land and an environmentally sensitive area, such as a stream. Vegetative filter strips can reduce soil erosion, improve water quality, and provide significant habitat for grassland…
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