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American Farmland Trust Invites Illinois Farmers To Attend Conservation Cropping Seminars


Mike Baise, Midwest Director, American Farmland Trust
Phone: 317-508-0756    Email: mbaise@farmland.org
Jennifer Filipiak, Natural Resource Conservationist, American Farmland Trust
Phone: 309-808-3778    Email: jfilipiak@farmland.org


Bloomington, IN (Jan. 09) --American Farmland Trust today invited Illinois farmers to attend one of three upcoming Conservation Cropping Seminars sponsored by the Illinois Department of Agriculture, AFT and other partners to learn more about conservation tillage and other practices that will help make their farms more efficient, said Michael Baise, Midwest Director of AFT.


The seminars will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on--

                -January 28: Civic Center, 1901 Tom Merwin Dr., Mendota

                -February 27: Holiday Inn Convention Center, 222 Potomac Blvd., Mt. Vernon

                -March 13: Heartland Community College, 1500 W. Raab Rd., Normal


“This has been a great collaborative project for AFT and its Illinois partners of USDA-NRCS, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and others to promote cover crops and soil health,” said Baise.  “The objective of the seminars is not only to help farmers improve the economic sustainability of their operations, but their environmental stewardship as well.”


“The best way to learn about new practices is talking with other farmers, so we’ve built in lots of time for conversation among farmers, agency experts, vendors and researchers,” said Jennifer Filipiak, AFT’s Natural Resource Conservationist. “While each of the highlighted conservation practices – conservation tillage, nutrient management and cover cropping – are valuable on their own, we look forward to exploring how these practices can work together to yield even greater soil health benefits.”


Ag producers, ag industry representatives, certified crop advisors and many others would benefit from attending the seminars.


The fee to attend these full-day seminars is $20.  The deadline for registration is January 17.


Online registration and more information is available by visiting the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website at: www.ccswcd.com.


The Midwest Office of American Farmland Trust is located at 2717 Blue Ridge Court, Bloomington, IN 47408 and can be contacted by calling 317-508-0756.  The Midwest Office focuses its work in the states of Illinois and Indiana.


Filipiak can be contacted directly by calling 309-808-3778 or by sending email to: jfilipiak@farmland.org.


American Farmland Trust is the nation’s leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.

For more information on the policies and programs of American Farmland Trust, visit www.farmland.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanFarmland or Twitter www.twitter.com/farmland.


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American Farmland Trust is the nation's leading conservation organization dedicated to protecting farmland, promoting sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land. Since its founding in 1980 by a group of farmers and citizens concerned about the rapid loss of farmland to development, AFT has helped save millions of acres of farmland from development and led the way for the adoption of conservation practices on millions more.

AFT's national office is located in Washington, DC. Phone: 202-331-7300. For more information, visit www.farmland.org.

American Farmland Trust