LOCAL FARM BUREAUS TO HOST WATERSHED PLANNING DISCUSSIONS WITH AREA FARMERS, STAKEHOLDERS ON CRITICAL WATERSHED

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Farmers and landowners throughout the Mississippi North Central (Flint-Henderson) Watershed are invited to participate in an open conversation about their practices, concerns, desires and outcomes within the priority watershed.

The Mississippi North Central Watershed was identified as a priority in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). As such, it is one of the state’s most critical watersheds.

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB), together with multiple county Farm Bureaus, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SCWDs), the University of Illinois Extension, and Northwater Consulting are committed to sharing NLRS information with farmers across the watershed, listening to conservation needs and concerns and prioritizing work for watershed planning purposes.

The meetings will also discuss the areas of greatest opportunity within the watershed as a Section 319 grant is sought from Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for watershed planning and implementation. An IEPA 319 Grant was submitted in August 2020 through efforts led by Mercer SWCD and Northwater Consulting. IFB received letters of support from several SWCDs, representatives and other organizations during the submittal process.

IFB members are invited to join in improving water quality across the watershed by attending one of the following meetings:

Date

Location

Time

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Hancock County Farm Bureau

544 Wabash Ave.
Carthage, IL 62321

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau

1000 N. Main St.
Monmouth, IL 61462

Noon – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

Knox County Farm Bureau

180 South Soangetaha Rd. Galesburg, IL 61401

6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Henry County Farm Bureau

128 N. Prospect St.

Cambridge, IL 61238

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 11

Mercer County Farm Bureau

206 SE 3rd St.

Aledo, IL 61231

Noon – 2 p.m.

Complimentary meals and/or refreshments will be provided at each meeting.

This stakeholder outreach effort is funded through Illinois Farm Bureau’s Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program. The program, now in its sixth year, committed over $150,000 to the grant program in 2021 and is working with 28 counties on 21 projects throughout the state.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 386,291 and a voting membership of 79,159. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.