FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24, 2012
For More Information Contact:
Paige Buck, State Public Affairs Specialist, (217) 353.6606
Terry Bachtold (815) 848.4455
Christa Jones firstname.lastname@example.org
Indian Creek Watershed Field Tour July 10
Pontiac, Ill. —Farmer leaders of the Indian Creek Watershed Project
invite agricultural producers to a field tour July 10, 2012, to learn more about
products, practices, equipment and technology to boost farm profits and conserve
water quality. Register at 815.844.6127 for the tour which begins at 7:30 AM at
the First Baptist Church of Fairbury, Illinois.
Farmers and other interested individuals can learn about the Indian Creek
Watershed Project facilitated by Livingston County Soil and Water Conservation
District (Livingston County SWCD) and Conservation Technology Information Center
(CTIC) and led by local farmers who demonstrate and test conservation practices
on their land. Producers are participating through conservation programs with
technical and financial assistance from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation
A number of Agribusinesses, universities, agricultural associations, and
conservation organizations lend support and expertise to the project, which aims
to conserve Indian Creek’s water quality and improve soil and water resource
stewardship on Indian Creek farms.
Goals include measuring water quality changes as 50-75 percent of Indian Creek
watershed producers (representing approximately half the watershed’s acres)
adopt on-the-ground comprehensive agriculture conservation systems.
With cooperating farmers, the project’s agronomists conduct field trials and
demonstrations, such as those to be featured during the July 10th field tour.
These solutions will show the effectiveness of conservation practices for
The 2011 field trials delivered interesting results, including significant yield
increases when the farmer applied fertilizer in the spring, as opposed to fall
application. In addition, plots treated with half fertilizer in spring the other
half in fall (split application) did not fare as well as spring application
Project leaders emphasize the potential for savings and net profit increases
when the farmer enhances nutrient use efficiency. They also note these measures
may hold significant water quality benefits as well. Terry Bachtold of
Livingston County SWCD commented, “I encourage producers to attend this tour to
see more results from our trials. We’re finding that nitrogen application
placement, amount and timing can have a big impact on profitability. These kinds
of practices can keep excess nutrients out of Indian Creek.”
The field tour’s agenda includes a review of available financial and technical
assistance resources to support producers implementing management changes.
The day begins with coffee and refreshments at 7:30 AM at the First Baptist
Church of Fairbury, Ill., 701 North 7th Street, Fairbury. Participants will
return to the church at noon for lunch. Please join us to see these solutions
first hand—and visit with the farmers who are using them!
Register by calling Livingston County SWCD at 815.844.6127, extension 3. Or
email Christa Jones at email@example.com.
The following organizations support the Indian Creek Watershed Project: Illinois
Environmental Protection Agency (IL EPA) with funds provided by Section 319 of
the Clean Water Act, Agri Drain Corporation, Agrium Advanced Technologies,
Brandt, Case IH, Crop Production Services, Cropsmith, Inc., The Fertilizer
Institute, Growmark, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean
Association, the International Plant Nutrition Institute, John Deere, Koch
Agronomic Services, The Mosaic Company, Monsanto, New Leader and Syngenta, and
funding from NRCS’ Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds Initiative,
Cooperative Conservation Partnership Initiative and Conservation Innovation
CTIC (www.ctic.org) seeks additional sponsors
for this project. Visit
www.ctic.org/indiancreek/ for more information.
The Livingston County SWCD is an arm of local government working closely with
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement conservation
management programs for agricultural producers in Livingston County, Ill. The
Livingston SWCD provides conservation practice technical assistance, and
administers State conservation programs and educational programs for students,
educators and the general public. To learn more, visit
CTIC, a not-for-profit organization located in West Lafayette, Ind., champions,
promotes and provides information on productive and profitable technologies and
sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and
wildlife resources. To learn more, visit
The mission of IL EPA is to safeguard environmental quality, consistent with the
social and economic needs of the State, so as to protect health, welfare,
property and the quality of life.
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