71st Annual Meeting
The Mercer County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its 71st Annual Meeting on February 21, 2017. The meeting will be held at the USDA Building at 308 SE 8th Ave, Aledo, Illinois. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. The board will review and approve the minutes and treasurer's report of the previous years meeting. Chairman Brian Cirks and staff will give reports on the previous year. There will also be an election of 2 directors to serve on the board for a two-year term. All persons, firms or corporations who hold legal title or are in legal possession of any land lying within the boundaries of the said district are eligible to vote at said election, whether as a lessee, renter, tenant or otherwise. Only such persons, firms or corporations are eligible to vote. Coffee and refreshments will be served. For more information call the District Office at (309) 582-5153 ext 3.

Meeting and Sign-Up- March 14, 2017 @ 9:00 a.m.

A meeting will be held in the basement of Blackhawk Bank and Trust in Aledo, Illinois. Speakers will talk about the eligible practices in the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and Natural Resources Restoration Trust Fund Programs. During this meeting the District will take a concentrated signup for the cost share assistance. If you are unable to attend, signup can take place at the District Office, USDA Building at 308 SE 8th Ave., Aledo. The SWCD would like to invite you to attend and learn about these conservation practices that can improve your farming operation through good soil stewardship.
For more information call the SWCD office at (309) 582-5153 ext. 3.
Refreshments will be served!

Mercer County SWCD Receives $20,000 for NLRS Cost Share Assistance

Recently the Mercer County SWCD received notification that it would receive $20,000 from the Illinois Department of Agriculture to assist with costs incurred to reduce nitrogen leaching and runoff. This is part of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Areas have been identified in the State that show elevated levels of nitrogen and phosphorous from point and non-point sources. Mercer County is part of the Mississippi North Central (Flint/Henderson) watershed. These practices will focus on the reduction of nitrogen leaching and runoff.

Featured practices include:

Cover Crops - 60% cost share up to $40 per acre. Must be a 1st time field, can be eligible for 3 years funding with a limit of $1600 per year per individual.

Critical Area Plantings - Seeding of fragile areas will receive 60% cost share and require being maintained for 10 years.

Well Decommissioning - 60% cost share not to exceed $400 per well.

Pasture/Hayland Planting - Must be land being removed from crop production. 60% cost share with District cost not to exceed $180 per acre. A required lifespan of 10 years on grass seedings and 5 years on legume seedings.

Rain Garden - 60% cost share not to exceed $6 per square foot.

For more information, be sure to attend the meeting on March 14, 2017 at Blackhawk Bank and Trust (see above for information)

Please Welcome Our New Administrative Coordinator!

The Mercer County SWCD has hired a new Administrative Coordinator. Her name is Carman Grey. She has been a resident of Aledo for 4 years and has 3 children that she is very proud of. She has many years of office experience under her belt and we welcome her to our company. Stop in and meet the newest team member of the SWCD!