2015 Sustainability Showcase Events

2015 Sustainability Showcase Events 


Past Events:

Advanced Cover Crops - Jacksonville, IL 

Reducing soil erosion and improving soil health are just the beginning of the benefits available from using cover crops. Additional benefits, such as reduced compaction, better water infiltration, the ability to hold soil nutrients in the root zone and, of course, higher yields are also possible with careful management.
With the recent introduction of the final draft of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS), many growers are looking to advance their cover crop management knowledge and gain additional economic benefits from incorporating cover crops into their cropping system.
To help growers in the Jacksonville area learn more about getting more out of their use of cover crops, ISA is inviting area farmers to an event at Hamilton’s on August 19, 2015.


At this event, you’ll be able to:

  • Hear from a variety of speakers about BMPs to manage cover crops, including using herbicides in the rotation.
  • Understand how to calculate the value of cover crops, including using them for fall grazing.
  • Learn how cover crops can improve soil health, while helping to reduce erosion and nutrient loss. 
  • The event is free to area growers. However, seating is limited so register today to reserve your spot.

Event Details:

  • Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015
  • Location: Hamilton's 110 N. East St., Jacksonville, IL 62650
  • Time: 12:30 p.m.
  • Agenda
    • Registration & Lunch
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Update on the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy - Richard Lyons; Cover Crop Specialist, IL-CBMP
    • Managing Cover Crops for Soil Health - Dr. Joel Gruver; Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University
    • Cover Crops and Herbicides: Finding the Right Mix - Dr. Mark Bernards; Assistant Professor, Western Illinois University 
    • Finding Resources to Support Conservation Practices - Jill Keeton; District Conservationist, NRCS



Nutrient Loss Management - Carlyle, IL

Reducing soil erosion and crop nutrient losses makes good sense - both in terms of on-farm profits and improved water quality. With the final draft of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) expected this summer, growers across Illinois are looking for ways to improve how they manage nutrients on their farm, whether from manure or commercial fertilizer.

To help growers in the Kaskaskia River Watershed area learn more about using Best Management Practices (BMPs) to reduce crop nutrient losses, ISA invited area farmers to an event at The Maschhoff’s on July 23, 2015.

Attendees at this event were able to:

  • Hear from a variety of speakers about BMPs to manage crop nutrients, with a special emphasis on nutrient management for livestock operations
  • Learn how cover crops can improve soil health and special considerations for using them on flooded ground
  • Hear updates on the Kaskaskia River Watershed Project and what it means for local farmers

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

Kaskaskia Watershed Water Quality Assessment

Presented by Janet Buchanan 

BMP's for Water Quality

Presented by Laura Pepple

Nutrient Management

Presented by The Maschhoffs 

Making the Most of Cover Crops

Presented by Dan Towery


Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
  • Location: The Maschhoffs; 7475 IL-127, Carlyle, IL 62231
  • Agenda:
    • 8:30 a.m. -  Registration
    • 9:00 a.m. -  Welcome and Introductions - David Droste; Director, Illinois Soybean Association
    • 9:15 a.m.-   BMPs for Improved Water Quality - Laura Pepple; Livestock Extenstion Specialist, U of I
    • 9:45 a.m. -   Nutrient Management - Patrick Maschhoff; Environmental Services Manager, The Maschhoffs
    • 10:15 a.m. - Kaskaskia Watershed Water Quality Assesment - Janet Buchanan; The Heartlands Conservancy
    • 10:45 a.m. - What the NLRS Means for Farmers - Jennifer Tirey; Executive Director, Illinois Pork Producers
    • 11:15 a.m. - Making the Most of Cover Crops - Dan Towery; Cover Crop Specialist, Illinois CBMP 
    • 12:00 p.m. - BBQ lunch, catered by Hellige’s Market


About the Hosts:

The Maschhoffs: Progressive Farming.  Family Style.
The Maschhoffs, LLC, is a pork production company headquartered in Carlyle, IL.  The company has more than 100 years of experience in pork production, and is the nation's largest family-owned pork producer, with approximately 218,000 sows and associated market hog production in 10 states. The company, which has about 1,200 employees, focuses on creating environmentally and economically sustainable pork production systems by networking with more than 450 other independent farm operations. It is able to provide enough pork for more than 16 million consumers annually. The company, through a wholly owned subsidiary, also sells branded pork products to retailers, processors and foodservice operators under the Maschhoffs Family Farms label.