Ag Answers: S.T.A.R. Program

CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Jonathon Manuel, "Resource Conservationist” for Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District joins the Morning Show and in a live Ag Answers he discusses a new program called “Saving Tomorrows Agriculture Resources” which ranks an individual farm field on a 1 to 5 star ranking.

The ranking is based on a year of farming practices. The ranking was set up by a committee of fertilizer dealers, Extension personnel, farm managers, farmers, and many more that are affected by agriculture.  The committee made this form so that on the long side it will only take about 7 minutes to fill out. What a person does is look at the field operations for 2017. That fields operations began at the end of harvest in the calendar year of 2016. In that field did you have cover crops? Was there fall applied fertilizer? What was the residue cover? Very simple questions like this are on this form.

This program was really started with a grant from NREC two years ago. NREC is funded by a voluntary tax on farm fertilizer.  There's a logo that is being trademarked which will be on a sign with the farmer’s year for their star ranking. We would also like to recognize everyone that participates this year at our upcoming 75th Annual meeting. In the future we are looking into other benefits for those that take part in the program.

Contact the office at 217/352-3536 Ext. 116 for more information on the S.T.A.R. Program.


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