Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District

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General CRP Sign-Ups Now Open for Enrollment

Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-ups are now open for general CRP until February 28th, 2020. CRP protects more than 20 million acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the nation's natural resources. 2020 marks the 35th anniversary of the program and the 2018 Farm Bill increase the cap to 27 million acres. Farmers who enroll receive a yearly rental payment for voluntarily establishing long-term, resource-conserving practices on marginally productive agricultural lands. If you are interested in learning more about CRP or would like to renew a contract that expired in 2017/2018/2019, contact Farm Service Agency in Aledo for more details. Continuous enrollments are also open and ongoing. 

IDOA presents "Fall Cover For Spring Savings" Pilot Program

Illinois is now the 2nd state to offer farmers a crop insurance reward for cover crops! This pilot program is now open for enrollment until January 15th, 2020. This Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) Cover Crop Premium Discount Program is offered for acres of cover crops installed outside of state and federal program incentives (e.g., EQIP, CSP and state cost share). Interested participants may sign-up for acres planted to cover crops in the fall of 2019 and will be planted to an insurable crop in 2020. Eligible applicants will receive a $5/acre insurance premium discount on the following year's crop insurance invoice for every acre of cover crop enrolled and verified in the program. Application assistance is available through your local Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) office or the IDOA Bureau of Land and Water Resources at 217-782-6297.

Our 7.5 foot Great Plains No-Till Seeding Drill is available for rent for spring seeding.

Can be used for grain, small seed or native grasses. Rent our drill for $100/day + $12/acre. Pick-up at our office in Milan. All proceeds support conservation in Rock Island County.

A Constructed Wetland

Board Director, Brian Parkinson will be installing a constructed wetland on his farm near Reynolds. Partnering with The Wetlands Initiative, RISWCD will assist in implementing the project which is the first of its kind in Rock Island County. The largest source of Midwestern nutrient pollution is runoff of agricultural fertilizers. Excessive nitrogen primarily leaves farm fields via underground drain tiles—buried pipes that move water off farmland quickly. The Wetlands Initiative is advancing the use of farm-based constructed wetlands as a practical solution to help address this urgent issue. 

Upcoming Events

Name Day Loc and Time
Board Meeting 1/7 5 pm
QC Farm Show 1/19-21 QCCA Expo Center 
IDOA Conservation Cropping Seminar 1/23 Rochelle, IL 8am - 4pm
"Catch the Latest on Ponds" Clinic 2/1

Western IL University-QC, 8am - Noon

Board meeting 2/4 5 pm
BI-CAN Networking Meeting 2/18 8:30 am
Board meeting 3/3 5 pm
LUC2 High School Envirothon 3/11 Black Hawk East Campus
Flower & Garden Show 3/26-28 QCCA Expo Center 

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Contact Us

Rock Island SWCD
NRCS Milan Service Center
3020 1st Avenue East
(309) 764-1486 X 3
info@rockislandswcd.org