The annual Conservation Cropping Seminar will be taking place January 31, 2024 with both virtual and in-person options (registration). The event will be held from 9am-3:30pm with the in-person attendees meeting at the Illinois Department of Agriculture Building in Springfield. The in-person event costs only $25 (lunch included) and the virtual tickets are only $15. Soil & water CEUs will be available.

This event is an excellent way to learn more on how to improve soil health, cover crops, adopt new technologies, improve root health, manage nutrients, and hear the latest on agronomic research. There will be a question & answer session with an Illinois farmer panel, as well as helpful resources to access.

Topics & speakers for this year include:

  • Alternative Farming Methods – Greg Thoren-Stockton, Illinois farmer
  • Next Generation of Digital Agriculture: Digital De-commoditization, Smart Tillage, and AI – Dr. Lars Dyrud, Earth Optics
  • Struggles with Stratification – Marion Calmer, Calmer Corn Heads
  • Banded Systems Management – To the Root of High Yield – Chris Perkins, Banded Ag, LLC
  • Farmer Panel

This event is organized and made possible with the involvement and support of the Illinois Department of Agriculture, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District, Doug Hanson, Randy McElroy, and local Soil & Water Conservation Districts.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the experts and network with other conservation-minded attendees. Register by January 24 at to learn more and reserve your spot. In-person spots are limited.