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March 27, 2015

Climate Change Series: Green Infrastructure and Storm Water Management – LGIEN Webinar Series on Climate Change
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | Noon to 1 PM

Presented by:  Eliana Brown and Lisa Merrifield, IL-IN SeaGrant
Illinois- Indiana Sea Grant aims to help local governments, water utilities, nonprofit organizations, neighborhood groups, and other stakeholders integrate green infrastructure strategies into plans that can transform their communities. Many communities that want to use green infrastructure approaches face technical, regulatory, financial, and institutional obstacles that limit widespread implementation. This webinar will serve as a guide to overcoming these obstacles, and will direct listeners to other resources for detailed information that can be tailored to communities’ particular goals and circumstances. The presentation will cover the components of a sustainable communities and green infrastructure plan, as well as strategies for implementation.


Urban Vineyards

Chateau Hough, established in 2010, is a vineyard and winemaking venture funded by the city of Cleveland and the property owner Mansfield Frazier. He was frustrated with the violence and the vacant land in his neighborhood, so he launched the vineyard as a way to build community, and to spur real estate in the neighborhood. While the tangible goal is to start enough urban vineyards to establish a winery in the city, the ultimate idea is to use something typically seen as upscale to show value in a neighborhood that many had overlooked for a long time.

Online survey on soybean farming practices
Soybean farmers who take a ten-minute online survey will help University of Illinois crop scientists and Extension educators to better understand how decisions are made in their farms regarding soybean management and inputs and to tailor programs and projects to improve yields and profitability. “By gathering baseline information about current management practices and technology adoption, we will be able to develop programs and focus research on the most critical agronomic issues for soybean farmers in Illinois,” said U of I crop scientist Maria Villamil. Villamil requests that soybean farmers take the survey by April 10. The survey is a collaborative effort between the Department of Crop Sciences in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois, U of I Extension, and the Illinois Soybean Association. The Farm Journal-AgWeb Research will be distributing an invitation to participate in the survey by email. 


University of Illinois Extension Featured in ACES Magazine
University of Illinois Extension is featured in the current magazine of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Extension Director George Czapar notes, “We transfer
the findings of research from the university to the people, offering information they use to improve the health and well-being of their families, communities, and the environment.
The key strategy has always been the local connection. Using a variety of educational approaches, such as demonstrations and in-depth workshops, Extension educators provide specific, tailored advice to address particular needs. And we are known and trusted in our communities.”


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