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STAR Hiring Two Positions

Exciting things are happening with the Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources Initiative – two positions are open for applications!
The Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts is hiring an Illinois STAR Coordinator.
The Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District is hiring a STAR Operations Manager. 

CCSWCD Hiring STAR Operations Manager

To meet state and national agricultural and conservation goals and sustainably feed a growing world population, agricultural conservation practices need to work at the field level. Communicating how conservation solves real issues farmers face, while also providing environmental benefits, will be key to long term adoption.
The STAR Operations Manager will work closely with partners to implement and grow STAR. This will be accomplished by leading administrative and operational tasks, successfully seeking funding, and communicating the value of the STAR tool. The successful candidate will work with and provide support to conservation partners administering STAR to enhance initiative effectiveness.
The STAR Operations Manager position is funded via a two-year grant, with the possibility for extension. This position is optionally remote, with occasional travel to the CCSWCD office, committee meetings, farmer/Licensee/Affiliate check-ins, etc. The anticipated start date will occur in January 2022.
See the position announcement for more information. Please send a cover letter, resume, professional references, and desired salary to Erin Gundy,, with the subject matter “STAR OM Position”. For full consideration, apply by December 14, 2021. Contact Erin for additional questions.


Materials Available

The 2021 Green Infrastructure & Erosion Control Conference was a success.  The Champaign County Stormwater Partnership would like to thank the U of I Extension for helping with all the technical aspects of this virtual conference and we are also grateful to the speakers for sharing their expertise.  The presentations, evaluation link, and link to the recording (coming soon) can been found on the CC Stormwater Partnership website.  





Barnhart Prairie - Keepers of the Prairie

In 1998, the Barnhart Family had a dream of creating a high quality prairie for future generations to experience. By early 2000, this became a reality when 80 acres were placed in a conservation easement held by the Champaign County SWCD. The overall project gained Nature Preserve status in fall of 2005. Since then, the prairie has thrived, but there have been challenges managing the property that have led to the introduction of this program.  In an attempt to manage years of vandalism and trespassing, we are introducing a membership program. Click here for complete rules and membership form.  


Cost Share Available in the Big Ditch Watershed  



The Illinois Soil Health Incentive Program (SHIP) is underway.  

Farmers in Champaign County have the opportunity to participate in a Limited Pilot of the Illinois Soil Health Incentive Program (SHIP).  This new program provides financial incentives to Illinois producers to implement conservation management practices that sequester carbon, reduce atmospheric greenhouse gases (GHGs), and improve soil health.  The incentives are based on greenhouse gas reductions using modeled county-level quantification methods. Click here for more information.  



STAR 2021

STAR 2021 will kick off July 1, 2021.  Check out to learn more and access the new web app.  


Your Viewpoint is Important

With the challenges of the past year, the CCSWCD board and staff feel disconnected and need your help planning our priorities and projects for the upcoming year.  Please consider responding to this need by filling out the following questionnaire


The Pasture Project is Proud to Announce the Midwest Grazing Exhange

Are you a grazier looking for more forage to graze? Do you have cover crops but are interested in finding someone to graze them? Are you a landowner looking for a renter to graze your land? The Midwest Grazing Exchange is the site for you! This free matchmaking site connects graziers and landowners in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
The website lets users:
• search listings, including through an interactive map with filters for criteria like season, land or livestock type
• create listings of what land or livestock they have to offer
• create a free account to save listings of interest, add new listings, see contact details and message other users
• browse a curated list of grazing resources, including examples of grazing lease agreements and contracts
• explore the benefits regenerative grazing for both landowners and livestock owners
The Midwest Grazing Exchange is a shared effort between the Midwest Perennial Forage Working Group of Green Lands Blue Waters, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Pasture Project, and a coalition of state hosts. We can't wait for you to join!


Crop Year 2019 S.T.A.R. Awardees

Please check out the From the Farm segment on WCIA
 Vermilion County Soil & Water Conservation District
 Clay Bess, Precision Conservation Specialist
 Precision Conservation Management
(Photo Coming Soon)
Tom Beyers, Farmer, Marion County SWCD                                  
Chairman, AISWCD President   



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