2017 Farm Progress Show
During the 3-day, 2017 Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL, ILICA showcased the installation of over 30 acres of pattern tile drainage and a 30'x40' denitrifying bioreactor. The exceptionally great weather for the end of August yielded great attendance and made in-field work comfortable for all volunteers. With assistance from the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in-field attendees learned exactly what bioreactors look like, how bioreactors function, and what services bioreactors provide water quality management here in IL.
This demonstration was considered a great success. It not only showcased our industry’s involvement and commitment to Illinois’s nutrient loss reduction goals and water quality improvement, but it also provided hands-on education to ILICA volunteers and in-field education to the agricultural community. However, without the concerted effort of all our members and partners involved, ILICA would not be capable of this critical type of industry and public education, which is so crucial to helping Illinois move the needle on its nutrient loss reduction goals. THANK YOU to all the following involved with this great project.
Our sincere thanks goes out to our generous Associates and partners for their donations including equipment, materials, and manpower:
Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.; Agri Drain Corp.; Altorfer, Inc.; Birkey's; Bower's Great Lakes Inter-Drain, Inc.; BRON; Fratco, Inc.; Martin Equipment of Illinois, Inc.; Mid America Trenchers, LLC; Natural Resources Conservation Service; Northland Trenching Equipment, LLC; Precision Ag; Prinsco, Inc.; River Valley Pipe, LLC; Roland Machinery Co.; Schlatter's, Inc.; Springfield Plastics, Inc. Xylem, LTD.
Thank you to the ILICA volunteers who showed up and volunteered their time, expertise, and staff during construction of the project including:
Tom Beyers, Don Bunting, Lee Bunting, Grant Curtis, Brian Brooks, Tyler Brooks, Jon Seevers & SFDI Crew, David Kennedy & KFD Crew, Bill Dean & Dean Drainage Crew, Eric Layden, John McCoy, Mark McCoy, Craig McCoy, Paul Frohning, Scott Day & Day Drainage Crew, Jason Draper, Jason Winings, Mark Shortz & Shortz Family Farms Crew, & Dick Anderberg.