Sustainability Showcase Farm Events

Profit-Building Practices Featured at ISA Sustainability Showcase Event

Sustainability and profitability often work hand-in-hand on Illinois farms. To help showcase the latest advances in boosting on-farm profitability while reducing environmental impact,  Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) hosted a field event at Wendte Farms near Altamont, Ill., on August 7.

Attendees heard from 11 sustainability experts, with presentations and hands-on demonstrations covering soil health improvements, cover cropping, precision planting and improved fertility, and NRCS EQIP and CSP programs. The Wendte family also discussed their farming practices that enhance and protect natural resources. 

Sustainability Showcase Farm Presentations

Review presentations from speakers across the industry, including soil quality improvement techniques, precision planting, NRCS cost-share programs, cover crops and more. View the event agenda

Learn more about Wendte Farms

Roy Wendte has been farming with his brother, Leon, and father, Walter, since 1974. Learn about the conservation practices they have incorporated to grow sustainable and profitable double-crop soybeans.

2014 Sustainability Showcase Farm Event Agenda

Thursday, August 7

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8:00 a.m. Registration

Coffee and donuts

8:30 a.m. Welcome

Amy Roady, Communications Director

Illinois Soybean Association, Bloomington, Ill.

8:35 a.m. ISA Sustainability Program: Three Focus Areas and Sustainability on My Farm

David Droste, Farmer and ISA District #17 Director

Nashville, Ill.

8:45 a.m. Wendte Farms Sustainability Programs

Walter, Leon and Roy Wendte

Wendte Farms Ltd., Altamont, Ill.


Equipment Demo: Precision Planting and Improved Fertility with Y-Drop Technology; Spraying Soybean Fungicide from the Bottom Up

Doug Pruemer, Owner

Pruemer’s Precision, Teutopolis, Ill.

9:45 a.m. NRCS EQIP and CSP Programs: Money for Conservation – FSA Loan Overview

Bart Pals, District Conservationist

USDA – NRCS, Effingham, Ill.

Chris Walsh, Farm Loan Manager

Effingham County USDA Service Center, Effingham, Ill.

10:00 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Engaging Non-Operator Women Farmland Owners in Agricultural Conservation

Jennifer Filipiak, Natural Resources Conservationist

American Farmland Trust, Normal, Ill.

11:00 a.m. Soil Health Begins with Soil (demonstration)

Roger Windhorn, Resource Soil Scientist

USDA NRCS, Champaign, Ill.

11:20 a.m. Cover Crop Management for Sustainability and Profitability

Michael Plumer, Coordinator

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, Bloomington, Ill.

12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)