Richland & Lawrence County Farm Bureaus

Embarras River Watershed Efforts and Cover Crop Field Day

In the third Nutrient Stewardship field day of 2021, partners on an IEPA 319 grant application in the Embarras River Watershed (ERW) shared progress on updating the ERW Management Plan. Topics covered also included information about the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and improving soil health. Four farmers from Richland and Lawrence counties also participated in a panel discussion, sharing their experiences with cover crops. Through the Nutrient Stewardship Grant, IFB worked alongside partners from Richland and Lawrence County Farm Bureaus, University of Illinois Extension, Northwater Consulting, Lawrence and Richland County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Illinois Natural Resource Conservation Service. Find more details in the article below, then watch the field day videos.  

Certified Crop Advisors can receive self-reported Continuing Education Units (CEUs) after watching the videos for each of these virtual field days. For more information, and to find the self-reporting form, visit and click “Self-Report CEUs.”

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Field Day highlights



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Table of Contents

00:10: Kinzie Zwilling, Manager, Richland County Farm Bureau

01:02: Joel Gardner, President, Richland County Farm Bureau

01:38: Glenn Leighty, President, Lawrence County Farm Bureau

05:35: Lauren Lurkins, Director of Environmental Policy, Illinois Farm Bureau

18:56: Jennifer Jones, Extension Watershed Outreach Associate, University of Illinois

25:46: Jeff Boeckler, Principal Water Resource Specialist, Northwater Consulting

35:27: Kristie Cooley, Resource Conservationist, Lawrence County Soil and Water Conservation District

37:39: Stacy Zuber, Illinois NRCS, Soil Health Specialist

59:09:Cover Crop Farmer Panel: Bill Gartner, Jim Legg, Craig Runyon, Mike Berger,
Moderator Kacie Haag, Manager, Lawrence County Farm Bureau