nrcs NRCS's Kirk Hanlin Pushes Cover Crops By Abby Wendle • Oct 6, 2014 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. Some Conservation Programs Expire with Farm Bill By Scott Stuntz • Oct 22, 2013 http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu 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. USDA Recommends New Practice to Combat Drought By Scott Stuntz • Aug 27, 2013 Purdue University The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields. Wetland Reserve Program to Accept Farmers By Scott Stuntz • Apr 24, 2013 www.il.nrcs.usda.gov/ The federal government will pay farmers not to damage wetlands this year,but there have been delays. USDA Works with Farmers to Cut Greenhouse Gases By Scott Stuntz • Feb 13, 2013 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. Wetland Restoration Program Funding in Question By Scott Stuntz • Feb 1, 2013 http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu 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.