Ag Answers: Drainage District Meeting

The Morning Show

Jonathon Manuel, “Resource Conservationist” for Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District stops by the Morning Show for Ag Answers to discuss the upcoming Drainage Districts Meeting.

Drainage districts are local bodies of government formed for the purpose of draining, ditching, and improving land for agricultural and sanitary purposes. In central Illinois these play a huge role for everyone. Most towns, villages, and Cities have their water removed by manmade drainage ditches.

With the help of Champaign County Farm Bureau, I think we have a great line up of speakers and topics. We will start the meeting off talking about combining and reactivating drainage districts. Then I will give a presentation on tile monitoring. This is a program to help farmers understand how much nitrogen may be leaving the field form tiles. Next we will dip into some legal aspects of bridges that cross drainage districts. Then we will wrap up the meeting with a look at climate change and agriculture.

The meeting is open to anyone that is interested in drainage. No RSVP. Is needed. We will be meeting on March 17th in the conference room at the Farm Bureau office. Things should be getting started at 8 am.

With the help of the Champaign County Farm Bureau, we are planning on have 2 more meetings. The next one is set for June 23rd and we feel we have some more great topics lined up as well as speakers. The last one we have planned at the moment will be in August. So please plan on attending all three this year.

All of these are open to the public and anyone with an interest in water related topics is welcome to attend, should you have questions please contact the Champaign County Farm bureau at 217/352-5235.


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