-McLean County SWCD Minutes
~January Financials/Minutes: January minutes, Sally motioned, Mikel seconded. Motion carried.
Irvin made a motion to approve the January financials and pay all outstanding bills, Sally seconded. Motion carried.
~Kent gave his NRCS report as written. A new Area Structure has been proposed with five areas instead of four. Practice reminder letters were mailed at the end of January to all CSP, EQIP, WHIP contract holders. CSP sign up application cutoff has been changed to February 7th. An email was sent to producers to generate more interest and applications. EQIP applications are continuous. There is a back log of nearly 64 EQIP applications; January 17th will be the second cutoff with a January 31st funding cutoff. In all funding pools there are 34 applications for over $487,000 of practices. ADAPT Network grower meeting will be held January 14th. NRCS will continue to work on layout and design projects with applications. Lack of a Farm Bill has halted any new applications for CRP. Lack of a farm bill has halted and new CRP applications.
~Bev gave her report as written. Governor Quinn gave his “State of the State” address in January and talked about water initiatives; which included stormwater and flood control projects. Rich Nichols, AISWCD, believes these activities will be targeted to watersheds. The main spring session of the Illinois General Assembly began February 4th and the deadline for introducing substantive bills in both the House and Senate is February 14th. AISWCD’s annual Legislative Day will be held February 25th. The Agriculture Act of 2014 (the five year farm bill) passed both the U.S. House and Senate and the President signed it into law on February 7th.
~Ross gave his RC report as written. Additional funding for the Partners for Conservation Program has been requested. Still waiting to hear about the SSRP funding for Howard Heatherwick’s project. There will be a Conservation Cropping Systems Seminar on March 13th at Heartland Community College. A Spring Cover Crop Tour is planned for March. American Farmland Trust will be coving the cost of our newsletter; 1750 were printed and we had 18 sponsors this year. We are also getting quotes from Darnall Printing to keep production in McLean County. Tree and Fish Sale flyers were featured in 900 programs at the Sportsmen’s Club Banquet. The Annual Meeting will be March 12th at Davis Lodge with catering from Time’s Past Inn and Ross is currently looking for a speaker. Conservation Day will be May 8th; we are getting registrations in for both attendees and volunteers. McLean County Farm Bureau will cover any bussing costs.
~Jackie gave her Watershed report as written. Still waiting for the contrsutction of two wetlands to begin. A breakfast meeting is scheduled for February 21st to discuss potential wetlands on a select group of farms. The Adapt Network grower meeting was held January 14th and an informational meeting for next year’s sign-up is planned for March 4th at Davis Lodge. Jackie met with World Wildlife, EDF, Coca Cola and ADM to discuss partnership on projects in the future. A meeting is set up to discuss cover crop grant work at the Discovery farm near Lexington. A meeting was also held with TNC and Indian Creek Watershed Steering Committee to discuss strategies on forming a steering committee for the Mackinaw River Drinking Watershed Project.
~Stephanie gave her AC report as written. Leesburg Printing in Florida printed and mailed out SWCD newsletters again, we will be looking into Darnall Printing in Normal, IL for future printings. The DIRT newsletter was sent electronically to all teachers along with information on the Stewardship Week Poster Contest. Stephanie produced a Friends of EverBloom Membership Flyer. The LUC6 Envirothon letters were mailed to teachers. The LUC6 Envirothon will be held April 3rd at Weldon Springs in Clinton, IL. Letters have been mailed to possible volunteers for this years Conservation Day, which will be held May 8th at the Interstate Center. Stephanie mailed practice reminder letters to producers for NRCS. Stephanie attended the Farm Bureau FFA Acquaintance Day and gave presentations to Sophomore Ag students about careers with SWCDs along with Matt and Randy who presented about careers with NRCS.
~Old Business: N/A
~New Business: The Annual Meeting was set for March 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at Davis Lodge-Lake Bloomington Hudson, IL. The next Board meeting was set for April 9th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m. at the USDA Service Center. The meeting concluded at 8:18 a.m.