Eliot Clay, Guest Columnist: Conservation programs combat effects of climate change

“The cover crop pilot program is widely popular and has been an overwhelming success, but it needs to be extended and expanded. This year, the program ran out of funds after only 12 hours, and the program only has enough funding to support farmers on 50,000 acres (less than 2 percent of Illinois’ farmland). That is a drop in the bucket in a state with 27 million acres of farmland.

That’s why the state legislature must act now to do more to promote cover crops and other conservation programs included in Senate Bill 2474. We simply cannot wait any longer to do everything we can to stave off the worst effects of climate change, and that includes getting serious about nutrient loss”

Read the full article here.

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