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Seeds of Change

By Chrystal Houston On a hot, dry and extremely windy day in early June, Neal Hentzen surveys the dryland field on the edge of Seward, where his corn is ankle-high. The leaves on the plants whip in the wind like green streamers running in long, straight rows from the road to a faraway fencepost. Hentzen…… Continue reading →

Get ahead with your S.T.A.R. field

By Erin Bush, Champaign County SWCD and Megan Baskerville, The Nature Conservancy The Saving Tomorrow's Agriculture Resources (S.T.A.R.) initiative is an innovative conservation program that helps farmers, ranchers and landowners track how well they are caring for our soil and water while producing crops using the free S.T.A.R. field evaluation tool. Created in 2017 by…… Continue reading →

Michigan’s Van Buren CD highlights regenerative agriculture and cover crops at annual farming conference

By Erin Fuller [caption id="attachment_35674" align="alignright" width="300"] Conservation Technician Colleen Forestieri introduces keynote speaker Gabe Brown.[/caption] On March 10, over 230 local agricultural producers came together at the Van Buren Conservation District (CD)'s annual “Farming for the Future” conference in Michigan, to learn about various topics, including regenerative agriculture, plant sap analysis, compost, soil health,…… Continue reading →

Sussex Conservation District Demonstrates Planting Green

By Katrina Vaitkus [caption id="attachment_32276" align="alignleft" width="317"] Blaine Hitchens shows photos of his fields and techniques to interested onlookers.[/caption] On Tuesday, Aug. 20, Delaware’s Sussex Conservation District held its annual Soil Health Field Day. This year, the theme was ‘Planting Green’. Hosted at NACD Soil Health Champion Chip Baker’s farm, approximately 100 people gathered to…… Continue reading →

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