Potential Benefits & Value To S.T.A.R. Program Participants
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Raise awareness with every S.T.A.R. field sign you display. Your conservation practices become an opportunity to share and inspire your neighbors.
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S.T.A.R. Field Forms
3 Minutes To Complete One Field Form (on average) – 17 Questions
Submit the digital form through the PCM Farmer Portal (FREE) and easily access your information/data later on
Complete one form for each field you want to evaluate – get a S.T.A.R. rating and physical sign for each field
Your local S.T.A.R. facilitator will contact you directly. If your county does not have a S.T.A.R. program yet, that’s okay! Staff from the Champaign County SWCD will contact you directly.
Use of winter hardy cover crop, no tillage in fall or spring, rotation that includes small grain or forage
No nitrogen applied in fall or spring, low nitrogen rate, at least 50% of phosphorus applied banded subsurface
Strip tillage on non-HEL and/or shank type fertilizer bar if no other tillage
At least 75% of nitrogen was sptring applied, winter kill cover crop, VRT, filter strips, waterways, etc.
MAP or DAP applied before Dec 1, full width tillage if shallow, written nutrient plan
Endorsed by the
Illinois Department of Agriculture
The following was included in a letter from John Sullivan, Director, Illinois Department of agriculture, dated Novermber 5, 2019:
“The IDOA has reviewed the goals and purposes of the “Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resourdces” or S.T.A.R. program. We have found the program’s goals to be very consistent with that of the Department. Specifically, the Department is supportive of programs and projects that further the appropriate stewardship of agricultureal resources includeing crop production inputs like nutrients. The S.T.A.R. program is well suited to help accomplish this mission. We believe this program can provide a solid foundation for the future of Illinois agriculture. S.T.A.R. kis not only an easy to use and economical tool for participants to evaluate their practices, it is a model that can be replicated in many geographic locations both inside an doutside of Illinois. As a result, this letter shall serve as a formal endorsement of the S.T.A.R. program by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.”
Supported Nation-Wide by
The National Association of Conservation Districts
The NACD passed the following resolution a their annual meeting in February 2020:
“NACD supports Saving Tomorrow’s Agriculture Resources (S.T.A.R.) by helping make the S.T.A.R. initiative available to conservation districts nation-wide through education and promotion.
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Help Bring S.T.A.R. To Your County
S.T.A.R. is supported by the Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District. The program is rolling out throughout Illinois. But some counties are not yet on-board. Contact your local county Soil & Water Conservation District to find out if they are participating. If they aren’t, but want to, please have them contact CCSWCD directly. We’re happy to advise.
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The Champaign County Soil & Water Conservation District can assist.
Call (217) 352-3536 Ext. 3 or email.