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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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Fish Seminar Moved Online!

We were initially planning on holding the seminar in-person. Due to the case count in Coles County continuing to rise, the IDNR isn’t allowing the biologists to attend in-person events at this time. It’ll be a live-streamed webinar, so people…
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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: Lauri DeRuiter-Willems, Sandra Cooper, and Annabell Lee! DeRuiter-Willems secured first place in the “Ag/Conservation Across America” category with her submission “Farm &…
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New STAR Field Forms Available

 S.T.A.R. is an exciting program developed by soil and water conservation professionals that offers farm operators and land owners a simple, free, and confidential tool to evaluate their conservation land management practices. The goal of S.T.A.R. is to encourage the…
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Are your fall burn plans ready?

Most conservation programs require a burn plan and open burning permit to be on file prior to a controlled burn. Although the district doesn’t write burn plans, our staff can connect landowners with an agency or technical service provider who…
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Well Water Programs

Nitrate levels have been rising in Illinois’ drinking water. Shallow rural wells are particularly vulnerable to nitrate contamination. Nationally, 20% of these wells have exceeded the level considered safe by the U.S. EPA. Public water utilities are required to test…
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