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Upcoming Events

2019 June Board Meeting

June 12, 2019 at 7:00pm

Past Events

2019 May Board Meeting

May 8, 2019 at 7:00pm

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2019 April Board Meeting

April 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

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2019 March Board Meeting

March 13, 2019 at 7:00pm

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2019 February Board Meeting

February 13, 2019 at 7:00pm

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2019 January Board Meeting

January 9, 2019 at 7:00pm

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TAX DEDUCTIONS AVAILABLE

December 31, 2018 at 12:00pm

For more information contact the SWCD at (815)462-3106 ext.3

2018 December Board Meting

December 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

2018 November Board Meeting

November 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Special Board Meeting

October 24, 2018 at 8:00pm

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2018 October Board Meeting

October 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Farmland Preservation Summit

September 20, 2018 at 6:30pm

Farmland Preservation Summit 

to Focus on Future Generations

Today, one of the biggest challenges facing farmers is how to pass a way of life and farmland to another generation in the face of continued development and economic challenges.

“It takes two hundred to a thousand years to produce one inch of top-soil,” Jim Robbins, chair of the Will South-Cook Soil & Water Conservation District said.

“We need to protect something that is so vital to our existence in producing food for the world through conservation practices that are available to all of us.”

Robbins said the goal of the upcoming Farmland Preservation Summit is to “provide guidance and assistance for landowners to implement conservation strategies on their land.”

Will and Cook County farmers have seen thousands of acres converted from fields and pastures. Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind puts the issue in focus: “We have lost approximately 30,000 acres of farmland to development since 1991. Housing was the early loss, but the last 6-8 years has been the warehouse movement.

     “With the loss of land, we have seen the reduction of livestock locally as the urban pressures really place challenges on livestock businesses because of people not understanding agriculture.”

         Everyone interested in learning more about options available for farm owners, operators, and other groups are invited to the free presentation slated for Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m., at the district office in New Lenox, Mary Baskerville of the Network said.

         Options to help farmers preserve land into the future will be presented by keynote speakers Stacy Meyers, Senior Counsel for OpenLands, and Janice Hill of Kane County, and USDA District Conservation Trenton Rader. 

Hill will explain the benefits of long-term farmland protection and successful examples from Kane County and other locations. She has managed Kane County’s Farmland Protection program since its inception in 2001.

 Strategies for identifying and understanding options for agricultural easements and selling development rights will be presented by Meyers, who works with individuals and communities across the region. Options available to farmers and landowners who want to explore ways to preserve the natural and agricultural value of their land will be explained. Technical assistance is available to draft easements that fit the future needs and lifestyles of the landowners and their families, she said.  

Rader will explain benefits of programs offered by the United States Department of Agriculture.  

         The economic impact of agriculture remains strong in this rapidly developing county, Schneidewind said: “We have a huge economic engine for ag in Will County with approximately 246,000 acres still in ag production locally.  

“This generates around 18 million bushel of corn and about 4.5 million bushels of soybeans yearly,” he said.  At $3 a bushel for corn and $8.50 for soybeans, that generates $37 million in soybeans sales and $54 million in corn sales annually. “That does not include the wheat, oats, hogs, goats, sheep dairy and beef sales including hay and straw and corn stalks and pumpkins,” he said.

The Farmland Preservation Summit is jointly sponsored by the Will County Environmental Network and the Will-South Cook Soil & Water District. For additional information, interested persons may phone the Soil & Water District Office at 815/ 462-3106, extension 3. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. The Will-South Cook Soil and Water Conservation District is at 1201 South Gougar Road in New Lenox.

 

 

2018 September Board Meeting

September 12, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Personnel Committee Board Meeting

August 30, 2018 at 3:30am

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2018 Conservation Farm Tour

August 15, 2018 at 3:00pm

Soil and Water Conservation District to Host Farm Tour August 15th

The Will-South Cook Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) will host a tour of the Jim Robbins farm located in Wilton Township, Will County, on Wednesday, August 15th.  Starting at 3:00 p.m., participants will have an opportunity to view the actual construction site of a grassed waterway demonstrating a popular conservation practice that is used to manage field drainage.

The tour will include field stops with a strip-till practice, a cover crop using a radish/oat seed mix and a soil pit where a soil profile evaluation will be completed.  There will also be a demonstration of infiltration rates  and soil loss/erosion using a rainfall simulator. 

Join us along with a group of knowledgeable speakers for a day of exploration and idea sharing.  The tour will conclude at 5:30, with a pork chop dinner provided by the SWCD. Reservations by August 6thare appreciated and can be made by calling the district office at (815) 462-3106 ext.3 or sending an email to info@will-scookswcd.org.

An agenda and map will be available at www.will-scookswcd.orgby August 10th.  Hard copies can also be obtained via email or USPS by requesting such at the time of registration.

 

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2018 August Board Meeting

August 8, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 July Board Meeting

July 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 June Board Meeting

June 13, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 May Board Meeting

May 9, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 Spring Tree & Fish Sale

April 27, 2018 at 12:00pm

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2018 April Board Meeting

April 11, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 April Special Board Meeting

April 5, 2018 at 7:00pm

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Pond Workshop

March 15, 2018 at 6:30pm

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2018 March Board Meeting

March 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 Annual Recognition Dinner

March 8, 2018 at 6:30pm

2018 February Board Meeting

February 14, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2018 January Board Meeting

January 10, 2018 at 7:00pm

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2017 Water Summit

September 14, 2017 at 6:30pm

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December 31, 2016 at 12:00pm