ILLINOIS, Kankakee County SWCD – The Kankakee County Soil and Water Conservation District exists to provide information and services regarding the conservation, development and management of the land and water. Working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources Conservation Service , they help residents implement practices that conserve soil, water and other natural resources.
“We show the public a better way to manage natural resources,” said Emilie Janes, KCSWCD resource conservationist. To further their mission, the KCSWCD offers programs and services to those in the farming and the agriculture industries.
Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR), a simple, free and confidential tool, assists farm operators and land owners evaluate their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields, stated Janes. The ultimate goal of this program is to meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). The STAR program was developed by the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District and was adopted by soil and water conservation district’s through Illinois.
“The STAR program helps farmers assess their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields and identify areas to improve,” said Janes. “It assists producers in obtaining documentation to support potential water quality issues and shows strides toward meeting the goals of Illinois’ nutrient loss reduction strategy as well as obtain potential market incentives for sustainable cropping practices.”