AI generated graphic with plants growing above, roots below for Illinois Soil Health Week 2023 March 4-10 at The Illinois State Capitol.

Celebrate Soil Health Week with the Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Agroecology + Innovation Matters, and Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) March 4-10, 2024 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. 

Soil is the foundation of life. Along with giving us clean air and water, healthy soil is responsible for food security, rich forests, abundant prairies, diverse wildlife, and stunning landscapes.

Make your mark on our Paint with Art and Science of Soil Health display — March 4-10

  • Join us in painting a mural of our beautiful state with soil-based paint
  • Meet Conservation Planners who are working to protect natural resources across Illinois

AIM for the STAR Farms Rally — 11am-1pm Thursday March 7 

  • Celebrate the success of SB1701
  • Hear from your lawmakers about the importance of soil
  • Learn about STAR success stories from local farmers
  • Meet soil health advocates

Are you coming? Let us know by registering.

Advocacy in Action – Please join your fellow conservation colleagues, SWCD directors/staff, and stakeholders from across the state as we bring our message of clean water, healthy soil to Springfield and our state’s elected officials.   

March 4-8 – Soil Health Week – The week will kick off with a showcase of an Art and Science of Soil Health display in the Capitol Rotunda. Visitors are invited to leave their brush strokes with soil-based paints on a large map of Illinois illustrating our diversity of agriculture, watersheds, and conservation.
March 6 (10am-2pm) Lobby Day – Conservation Stakeholders from across the state will host a lobby day and rally in the Capitol Rotunda.
March 7 (11am-1pm) Advocacy in Action Day – AISWCD will host a Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (STAR) Rally in the Capitol Rotunda. The day will feature presentations from STAR producers, educators, conservation planners, and elected officials to celebrate the value of conservation and SWCDs efforts of Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources … one field at a time.
Please join your fellow conservationists and learn about current emerging issues in Illinois as well as up-to-the-minute legislation currently up for a vote. Unite your voice with hundreds of other conservation stakeholders on issues which affect the soil and water conservation profession.

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