Agriculture Outreach Coordinator Tim Wagner recently attended the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois. This was the first time the League had a presence at the show, which brings together farmers and related businesses from across the country (and the world) to share information about agricultural products and services. Our goals were to promote recognition of the League as a conservation organization among attendees and build support for conservation investments in the 2018 Farm Bill.
One of the tools we used to demonstrate the impact of conservation practices on soil health was the “Soil Your Undies" display. Burying cotton briefs in several inches of soil for 60 days demonstrates the amount of microbial activity within the soil. Plots with higher percentages of microorganisms showed a more thorough breakdown of the cotton material, thus demonstrating healthier soil. Our thanks to the Winneshiek County Soil and Water Conservation District for lending us the display, which was a big hit!
The Farm Bill is a critical tool for conserving fish and wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and more. In addition to advocating for our conservation priorities, the League is committed to ensuring taxpayers get a fair return on the billions of tax dollars spent on agriculture programs. You can read the League’s Farm Bill agenda on our website.
Thank you to Illinois Division President Ron Moore for helping set up and staff the booth and for lining up numerous Decatur Chapter members who volunteered at the booth throughout the week.