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S.T.A.R. program adapted for southeastern Illinois
October 1, 2018
The Wabash Valley Stewardship Alliance (WVSA) is launching the Southeastern Illinois S.T.A.R. Program. S.T.A.R. stands for “Saving Tomorrows Agriculture Resources”. S.T.A.R is a free tool to assist farm operators and land owners in evaluating their nutrient and soil loss management practices on individual fields. The WVSA has modified the original Champaign County S.T.A.R. program so that it reflects the farming practices of southeastern Illinois.
Potential benefits of participating in the S.T.A.R. program are increased net farm income, decreasing nutrient loss, promote producers for new farmland leases, assist producers in securing local conservation cost share, assist producers in obtaining future market premiums for crops grown using conservation cropping practices, and to assist producers in obtaining documentation in support of water quality issues.
Practices that may be used in the evaluation process include cover crop practices, soil sampling frequency, nutrient management practices, timing of the nitrogen application, conservation practices and nutrient stewardship. Not all practices have been listed in the application and some practices increase overall points whereas some activities decrease them.
Each field that is submitted will be rated based on points developed by the WVSA Science Committee. The applications are kept confidential and are not subject to FOIA requests. Applicants will be sent their score and will be eligible for a free field sign that indicates their S.T.A.R rating. There is no cost to the farmer to have a field scored.
The WVSA is an alliance of nine southeastern Illinois county Farm Bureaus, Wabash Valley Service Company, and the Agriculture Department of Wabash Valley College. The mission of the group is “Promoting the Economics of Nutrient Stewardship”. The S.T.A.R. program was developed and trademarked by the Stewardship Committee of the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District and is licensed for use with their permission.
The deadline to apply for the 2018 Crop Year is March 1, 2019.