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Tue, Jan 17

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Hillsboro

82nd Annual Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting and Election

Please make your reservation by calling the office at (217) 532-3361, extension 3, or by emailing Administrative Coordinator Melissa Cauble at melissa.cauble@il.nacdnet.net by close of business at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 13th.

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82nd Annual Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting and Election
82nd Annual Montgomery County Soil & Water Conservation District Meeting and Election

Time & Location

Jan 17, 2023, 6:00 PM – Jan 18, 2023, 8:30 PM

Hillsboro, 1 County Rd 1200 E, Hillsboro, IL 62049, USA

About the event

The Montgomery County Soil and Water Conservation District is planning a celebration event to honor its eighty-two years of working to protect the county’s natural resources. The SWCD was formed in Montgomery County in 1941 as a grass roots agency to promote practices that would conserve precious topsoil that was being lost to the dust storms of that era. Employees and district board members worked diligently to educate farmers about tillage practices that would leave topsoil in place and reduce ephemeral, gully, and sheet/rill erosion. The “Tools of the Trade” have changed over the years with the size and type of equipment used and farming practices that are always evolving, but the mission of the SWCD has remained the same: strive to promote practices that conserve soil, improve soil health, and clean up our precious water resources.

Future goals of the SWCD include improved soil health using cover crops and minimal tillage methods and improved water quality that meets goals set by the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Federal and state programs like Conservation Practices Program (CPP), Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) and Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) all provide guidance and cost share to landowners and tenants whose goals are in line with that of the SWCD mission statement. Federal and State dollars will also be available for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP).

Please plan to attend the 82nd Annual Montgomery County SWCD Meeting on Tuesday, January 17th at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at the U of I Extension office in Hillsboro. A light dinner will be provided, along with a short program from Jean Brokish, Midwest Deputy Director with American Farmland Trust (AFT). Jean will discuss carbon credits and other conservation efforts being led by AFT. Door prizes will follow the meal. Please make your reservation by calling the office at (217) 532-3361, extension 3, or by emailing Administrative Coordinator Melissa Cauble at melissa.cauble@il.nacdnet.net by close of business at 4:30 pm on Friday, January 13th.

The Montgomery County SWCD is an equal opportunity employer and provider. The University of Illinois Extension Office is accessible for those who need assistance.

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