An annual series of conservation cropping seminars will be made available to farmers virtually, with sessions set for Jan. 20, Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Participants will learn how they can improve soil health, grow cover crops and remain profitable by using sustainable techniques that build natural resilience to weather extremes, pests and weeds. Each session will feature time for questions and answers.

The free sessions will include Ray Archuleta, Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America; Joel Gruver, Ph.D., Western Illinois University Soil Science and Sustainable Ag associate professor; and Nic Jelinski, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Department of Soil, Water and Climate assistant professor.

Register online at the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District website. Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units will be applied for these three seminars.

The conservation cropping seminars, held for the last seven years, are organized and made possible with the involvement and support of Illinois Department of Agriculture, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, American Farmland Trust, the Illinois Stewardship Alliance, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, University of Illinois Extension, and local Soil and Water Conservation Districts.