Local Farm Bureaus To Host Watershed Planning Discussions; Aug. 11 Session In Mercer County

Farmers and landowners throughout the Mississippi North Central 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.