Leading people to conserve, improve & sustain our
natural resources and environment.

227 N. Main St., P.O. Box 502, Elizabeth, IL 61028. 815-858-3418 Ext. 3          
Fax: 815-858-3894

Jean Payne from the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association will be coming to speak on new Illinois Nutrient Reduction Strategy.  The meeting will take place on Aug 6th  at  7:00 pm at the Stephenson County Farm Bureau building in Freeport.  Her talk will be around the use of the 4R (Right source, Right rate, Right time ,Right place) and how water quality issues are being worked on throughout the state. 

John Musser will  talk about how Stephenson Service Company has been using the NWatch program to see how nitrogen is working in the corn fields in Jo Daviess and Stephenson counties.


JDSWCD now has a woody vegetation removal barfor rent.  Control those woody invasives by pulling them right out of the ground.  Only $10 per day.

Continuous CRP Sign-Up offers currently being accepted

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a land conservation program administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). In exchange for a yearly annual rental payment, farmers enrolled in the program agree to remove environmentally sensitive land from agricultural production and plant species that will improve environmental health and quality. Contracts for land enrolled in CRP are 10-15 years in length.  The long-term goal of the program is to re-establish valuable land cover to help improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and reduce loss of wildlife habitat.

Beginning Farmer Loans

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) assist beginning farmers to finance agricultural enterprises.  Under these designated farm loan programs, FSA can provide financing to eligible applicants through either direct or guaranteed loans.  Additional program information, loan applications, and other materials are available at your local USDA Service Center or at:

Effective 08/01/2014: The consulting rate has increased to $50 per hour.

The Jo Daviess SWCD, Jo Daviess Health Dept. and the League of Women Voters are working in collaboration to seal abandoned wells in the county. Funding is currently available for 80% of the sealing costs up to $600 per well.  To apply fill out an application and send it to the SWCD.

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Start planning your 2015 cover crops now.  Cost-share funding is now available through the Conservation Practices Program.

Nondiscrimination Statement

"The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). 

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C.  20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice or TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."


2015 Illinois Forage Expo

The 2015 Illinois Forage Expo will be held Tuesday, June 23 and hosted by Lawfer’s Willow Valley Dairy Farm in Jo Daviess County.  Located at 4389 South Willow Road, Kent, the event will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m.

The Forage Expo will consist of field demonstrations including mowing, raking, and harvesting plus commercial displays of forage related products and equipment.  Also featured will be a tour of Lawfer’s robotic milking system.  In addition, educational sessions will be presented that focus on forage management. 

Also, a Quality Hay & Haylage Contest will be available for producers to enter 2015 harvested hay and haylage bales.  Entries in the Quality Hay & Haylage Contest must be delivered on site from 8:30 am to 10:00 am.  There is no entry fee and NIRS analysis will be provided free of charge.  Bales weighing over 100 pounds need an official scale weigh ticket.  Four hay classes and one haylage class will be available and class winners will receive a certificate.  Producers are limited to one entry per class.

 Specifically the Forage Expo site can be reached by taking US Route 20 west of Freeport, continuing west through the intersection of Route 20 and Illinois Route 73 for 6 miles, then turn south on South Willow Road and continue about 4 miles to the site.  Watch for signs.  There is no admission charge and food will be available for purchase on site. 

 Additional information concerning the Illinois Forage Expo is available at http://www.illinoisforage.org/ , or by calling Dave Gentry 309-846-8320, or the University of Illinois Extension 815-235-4125, web.extension.illinois.edu/jsw.  Those interested in having a commercial exhibit should contact Don Brown 815-238-8372.

 The Illinois Forage Expo is sponsored by the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council.  Forage Expo supporters include University of Illinois Extension, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Stephenson County Farm Bureau.


Diving                                                $50 per hour

Call JDSWCD for any underwater diving needs.

Bathymetric Mapping                      $50 per hour

JDSWCD can map any water body, big or small. Maps can be produced within 1 ft. accuracy showing depth contours, storage volume, and 3-D modeling for controlling nutrient loads.

Land Evaluation Report                      $250 flat rate

This service provides soil types on an acreage, average slope, land evaluation score, land capability and yields per acre of crops and pasture, woodland management and productivity data, and water management data.  Data is taken from the USDA Soil Survey of Jo Daviess County Illinois.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.  The customer must supply a current survey for the property.

Pond Management                         $50 per hour. 

This service is to provide assistance to land owners on ponds, lakes, and streams.  Services may be provided on an hourly basis. In addition, a complete investigation and report can be provided for a $250 fee plus $25 per surface acre of water.  Reports include bathymetric and surface mapping, aquatic community assessment, and recommendations for water body improvements based on customer’s interests.  Reports can only be issued to the property owner or individual must have written notarized consent from the property owner.