Soil Conservation, Cleaner Waterways
11:26 am
Mon October 6, 2014

NRCS's Kirk Hanlin Pushes Cover Crops

Sunset over the Mississippi River at Nauvoo.
Credit Michael Whiffen

Kirk Hanlin calls soil, "dirt where you want it." 

Hanlin, assistant chief of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Hamilton, Illinois, and now has a second home in Nauvoo. 

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EQIP and CSP Will Continue
8:45 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Some Conservation Programs Expire with Farm Bill

The wetland reserve program is no longer authorized due to the lack of a farmbill.

The farm bill expired at the end of September which means funding for conservation programs has dried up too, but that’s not true for not all conservation programs.

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Drainage Water Management
2:10 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought

Installing drainage water management device in Indiana. The NRCS is recommending Illinois farmers use the devices.
Credit Purdue University

The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.

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Delayed by Sequester and lack of Farm Bill
3:10 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Wetland Reserve Program to Accept Farmers

THE WRP buys some rights from land owners to protect wetlands.

The federal government will pay farmers not to damage wetlands this year,but there have been delays.

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May let farmers sell emissions credits
3:28 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

USDA Works with Farmers to Cut Greenhouse Gases

Credit Credit: Lynne Betts, USDA/NRCS)

A program across Illinois and Iowa is looking at ways for farmers to help reduce the amount of greenhouse gases they produce, and to be compensated for it.

The program explores ways farmers can change the way they apply nitrogen fertilizer to reduce the amount of nitrous oxide gas that is created.

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The IL NRCS's Wetland Reserve Program
11:37 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Wetland Restoration Program Funding in Question


The future remains uncertain for a federal conservation program that helps restore wetlands across the Midwest. The Wetlands Reserve Program provides money to farmers who take former wetlands out of production and restore them.

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