Potential Benefits & Value To S.T.A.R. Program Participants
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Raise awareness with every S.T.A.R. field sign. 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) – 16 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.
No Nitrogen applied in fall or spring, use of a winter hardy cover crop, no tillage in fall or spring
Soil sampling every 3 years or less, a crop rotation that includes a small grain
At least 75% of Nitrogen applied in Spring/Summer, total Nitrogen minimized, at least 50% of Phosphorus applied was banded subsurface
At least 25% of Nitrogen side-dressed, winter kill cover crop, use of Triple Super, VRT, filter strips, waterways, etc.
Continuous soybeans, written nutrient plan, limited tillage
Endorsed by the
Illinois Department of Agriculture
“We believe the [S.T.A.R.] program provides farmers and farmland owners with an evaluation of their production practices to help them reduce nutrient and soil losses and is consistent with the goals and objectives of the States’s Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. We believe this program can provide a solid foundation for the future of Illinois agriculture.”
“Through it’s objectives and goals, S.T.A.R. inspires farmers and farmland owners to enhance their farming practices that produce food, fiber, and fuel with minimal impact on the environment. S.T.A.R. is 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 outside of Illinois.’”
“This letter serves as a formal endorsement of the S.T.A.R. Program by the Illinois Department of Agriculture.” – Raymond Poe, Director, Illinois Department of Agriculture
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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.