Current Events


Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District and Mercer County Farm Bureau recently partnered to host a Bioreactor Field Day at the Farm of Jeff and Teresa Kirwan. Jeff is in the construction phase of the Bioreactor and participants were able to see how the process works and were also able to ask questions about this and other conservation practices. Mercer County SWCD proudly presented a check for $4,200 towards the project from our cost-share program. If you are interested in learning more about Bioreactors or other types of nutrient loss reduction practices, as well as our cost-share program, please contact us at 309-582-5153 ext. 3 Photos

Our 2017 Fall Fish Sale will be on October 25th at 8:00 a.m. at the Mercer County Fairgrounds. Grass Carp orders need to be turned in By October 11, and all other fish orders must be turned in by October 18. Please click the link for details and to print off an order form. Details

Cost Share Program for Cover Crops
The Mercer County SWCD continues to take signup promoting the use of cover crops. A producer can enroll up to 40 acres of land to seed cover crops this fall. The District will provide 60% assistance for the cost of seed and seeding. Seeding costs are capped at $15/acre which is typical of no-till drilling costs. Cost will be based on the blend of seeds used. Most producers begin with cereal rye but can expand out to using multi-species. In those cases the seed cost will rise. The typical range is $10-$60 per acre for seed, depending on the blend. Funds are limited to fields that have not had cover crops before. Call the SWCD office at 309-582-5153 ext 3, or stop in at 308 SE 8th Ave., Aledo, IL 61231 to enroll!

 Mercer County Farm Bureau and Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District held its 2017 Annual ACE Camp on May 9. The day was filled with lots of educational hands-on activities for the students to learn about the environment and agriculture. Click link for pictures. Pictures
Mercer County High School participates in the 2017 Land Use Council Envirothon! Detail

MCSWCD Receives $20,000 for NLRS Cost Share Assistance Details

Quail and Pheasants Use Mercer County CRP SAFE Habitat Detail

NRCS now offers Client Gateway, a convenient web portal that lets you work with NRCS online. Landowners and land managers, whether operating as individuals or authorized representatives of business entities, can track their payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents. Click the link to be directed to the website for more information!

Mission Statement


It is the mission of the Mercer County Soil & Water Conservation District to promote conservation stewardship and to protect and preserve our natural resources by means of education, agricultural legislation and technical assistance for today, tomorrow and the future.