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How would you like to earn $212.48 per acre simply by adopting four conservation practices already used by many no-tillers?
If you’re an Illinois farmer located in the 590,000-acre Lake Decatur watershed, there’s a great opportunity to earn these incentives. It means adopting no-till or strip-till, cover crops, tile drainage and nutrient management.
Despite investing millions of dollars, pollution is still a serious problem in Lake Decatur, which is the source of drinking water for 80,000 people. It’s estimated that $1 million of polluted topsoil and fertilizer sediment enters the lake each year.
The city of Decatur, the federal government, the Illinois Farm Bureau and 53 partners are involved in this program. A $9.88 million grant from the USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) is funding the goal of reducing 50% of the sediment and 20% of the nitrate nitrogen flowing each year into Lake Decatur.
These four practices qualify for the “high-return” payments: