Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts Face Funding Cut in FY25 Budget

State’s Investment in Conservation Reduced to Pre-2000 Levels In a move that has left many in the conservation community disillusioned, Illinois’ 103rd General Assembly has finalized the FY25 budget, which includes a significant cut to funding for Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs). The budget, totaling $53.1 billion, will return the state’s investment in SWCDs

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USDA Seeks Nominations for Urban Agriculture Advisory Committee

Opportunity to Contribute Expertise in Innovative Production, Higher Education, Supply Chain, and Urban Farming The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently accepting nominations for four positions on the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production. The nomination period runs from May 7, 2024, to July 7, 2024. This 12-member Committee, established in

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Illinois EPA Unveils $4.75M Funding for Watershed Planning, Implementation

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) Director John J. Kim announced the release of two Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) totaling $4.75 million to combat nonpoint source water pollution. These Section 319(h) Clean Water Act grants aim to facilitate watershed-based planning projects and on-the-ground implementation efforts to prevent, mitigate, or remediate surface

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Historic Illinois Soil Sampling Project: $5,000 Free Analysis for Landowners to Unravel 120-Year Soil Transformation

A historic opportunity awaits Illinois landowners to unravel the mysteries of their soil’s transformation over more than a century. In exchange for permitting soil sampling, they could receive complimentary analyses worth $5,000 and expert consultations from a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign research team. The project emerged when soil scientist Andrew Margenot unexpectedly discovered an ancient

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Severe Flood Threat Looms Over Lake County Rivers

Residents across Lake County, Illinois are being urged to stay vigilant as an ominous flood warning has been issued for portions of the Fox and Des Plaines Rivers. Recent relentless downpours have saturated the ground, triggering localized flooding in some low-lying areas, and the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days. The Lake

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