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Soil Health Summit

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join us for a Soil Health Summit on April 9 at the State House Inn in Springfield, bringing together farmers, organizations, agency officials, legislators, and other partners to explore how policy can enhance soil health and stewardship of our vital resources. We will hear what organizations like IL Corngrowers, American Farmland Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Partnership, and others are doing to advance soil health and protect water quality in Illinois. We will explore the policy solutions other states have advanced with Duane Hovorka of Izaak Walton League and discuss the proposals under consideration in Illinois, including the Fall Covers for Spring Savings crop insurance reward for cover crops, conservation on publicly-leased farmland, and the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Participants will break into small groups to “shakedown” the proposals to discuss what might work and what won’t in Illinois. The discussion will be followed by a keynote address by Illinois Stewardship Alliance Conservation Associate, Woody Woodruff, and a locally-sourced dinner.

Tuesday, April 9th
The State House Inn
101 E. Adams St.
Springfield, IL 62701

1-5pm summit program

5pm-7pm keynote and dinner

Cost: $20. 

Agenda in progress

Soil Health Summit, April 9

1:00pm – Registration

1:10pm – Welcome   

       Liz Stelk, Executive Director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

       Scott Jones, Soil Health Champion Leadership Group

1:20pm – Lay of the land

Learn what Illinois groups are doing to advance soil health and water quality

  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency –Trevor Sample, Agency Coordinator, NLRS
  • Illinois Corn Growers – Dave Fulton, Precision Conservation Management
  • Soil Health Partnership – Jim Isermann, Field Manager
  • Delta Institute – Ryan Smith, Lead, Land Stewardship
  • American Farmland Trust – Kris Reynolds, Midwest Deputy Director
  • The Nature Conservancy – Megan Baskerville, Upper Sangamon Watershed Manager
  • Champaign County Soil Water Conservation District – Erin Bush, Resource Conservationist
  • Illinois Environmental Council – Eliot Clay, Agriculture and Water Programs Director
  • Savanna Institute – Katie Adams, Research and Demonstration Farm Manager
  • Illinois Stewardship Alliance – Liz Rupel, Policy Organizer

2:15pm – Duane Hovorka, Izaak Walton League of America – States taking action on soil health

2:45pm – Break

2:50pm – Pitches

Learn about the policies and actions that are currently being proposed and have the opportunity to voice your opinion and suggestions

2:55pm – Crop Insurance Discount – Kris Reynolds, American Farmland Trust

3:00pm – Conservation Practices on Publically leased land -Ryan Smith, Delta and ISA

3:05pm – Soil Health in SWCD bill – Elliot Clay, Illinois Environmental Council

3:10pm – Carbon Strategy – Ryan Smith, Delta Institute  

3:20pm – Group work

4:25pm – Break

4:30pm – Re-group for brief report from the whole group

4:50pm – Thank you and closing

5:15pm – Keynote: Woody Woodruff, Conservation Associate, Illinois Stewardship Alliance

5:45pm – Locally sourced dinner prepared by Secret Recipes



April 9
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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The State House Inn
101 E. Adams St.
Springfield, Illinois 62701


Illinois Stewardship Alliance