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Main Office (Montgomery County)
#1 Industrial Park Dr.
Hillsboro, IL 62049
Phone: 217-532-3941
FAX: 217-532-3944
Email: uie-cjmm@illinois.edu
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 4:30 pm

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Taylorville, IL 62568
Phone: 217-287-7246
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201 W. Exchange St.
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Jerseyville, IL 62052
Phone: 618-498-2913
FAX: 618-498-5913
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 4:30 pm and Thursday 8 am to 12 pm

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Carlinville, IL 62626
Phone: 217-854-9604
FAX: 217-854-7804
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News Release

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Cover Crops and Livestock Systems Field Day August 2 – Schetter Farm, Brighton, IL

JERSEYVILLE, IL - University of Illinois Extension in partnership will Jersey County Farm Bureau are sponsoring a field day event on August 2 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Schetter Farm about ¾ miles south of Brighton, IL (16235 State Highway 111).  “Cover Crops and Integrating Livestock Systems – Challenges and Solutions” serves as the theme for this evening field day.    Cover crop adoption and use in traditional row crop farming systems lags across Illinois in comparison with other regions of the Midwest.  Cover crops are often touted as a tool to reduce nutrient losses and improve soil health and water quality.  Essentially, cover crop systems research is needed to support, qualify and quantify the benefits to water quality, improvements to soil health and tile drainage nutrient losses in Illinois. 

Key discussions will be led by project researchers, practitioners and educators during the early evening program.  Livestock grazing, as part of a farm operation, may be one of the keys to advancing adoption of cover crops across the state.  Proper manure management can enhance cover crop success and provide environmentally safe end-use of valuable nutrient-rich manure. This program will share the some of the major-mutually beneficial advantages of using cover crops along with livestock, and speak to the challenges of combining these two systems.    On display (weather permitting) will be ongoing cover crop species demonstration plot and brief walking tour. 

Cover Crop Champions (National Wildlife Federation -supported) will provide information during the evening as practitioners and leaders in cover crop utilization in Illinois.  Dinner will be provided to those registering in advance. Field activities begin at 5:30 p.m., ending at 8:00 p.m.  The program is free of charge, but requires a confirmed registration in advance.  Online registration can be found in the “Register Online” section at: web.extension.illinois.edu/cjmm or by calling 618-498-2913 or Jersey County Farm Bureau 618-498-9576. Request for CCA CEU credits have been submitted for approval. (Soil & Water Management CEUs: 1.0)

Speakers include:

Program Welcome and Introductions - Gary Letterly & Dan Schetter Family

Cover Crops & Manure Applications – Dr. Morgan Hayes
Challenges of Livestock & Emerging Issues – Nic Anderson – Illinois Livestock Development
Cover Crop Champions – Grower Experiences and Advocacy – Schetter Family and Bernie Hand
Cover Crop Educators and Industry – Ed Ballard, Cliff Schuette and Gary Letterly

The event is being hosted by the Schetter Family and University of Illinois Extension, Unit 18. Sponsors include: U of I Extension, Jersey County Farm Bureau, Schetter Farms and National Wildlife Federation

Anyone interested in more information about the Cover Crop and Integrating Livestock Systems Field Day may call the Jersey County Extension office at 618-498-2913 or Jersey County Farm Bureau office 618-498-9576.

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Local Contact: Gary Letterly, Extension Educator, Energy and Environmental Stewardship, letterly@illinois.edu