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Fall 2020

Check out our fall 2020 newsletter here.


Rain Barrels!

Rain barrels are a great way to retain rainwater. Decrease the amount of storm water runoff entering your streams, and conserve water resources for future use. 

We have two colors available: black and terracotta grey

Click below for more information on our rain-barrel sales!


Cover Crop Premium Discount Program

The Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA) is offering farmers that plant cover crops a $5/acre discount on their crop insurance bill. IDOA's Cover Crop Premium Discount Program is offered for acres of cover crops installed outside of state and federal program incentives (e.g., EQIP, CSP and state cost share), and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis on 50,000 acres across Illinois.

Open the form below to get more information


Fall Fish & Tree Sales!

We have had a good turn out for conservation sales this fall. Sales ended at the end of September. If you missed this year, don't worry! We will have our next round of tree and fish sales in Spring of 2021! Contact us if you would like more information and to be added to our mailing list.

Image: Henry, Stark, and Knox Counties organize their annual fall tree sales. 


Interested in trying a conservation practice?  Have a farm you want to fix a waterway on?  Have a backyard that you want to install a rain garden in?  Click here for more information on Partners for Conservation and our cost-share programs that are available and apply today!


History of the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District

A Soil and Water Conservation District is a governmental body created by state law for the purpose of promoting the protection and conservation of soil, water and natural resources in the county and state. Although a SWCD is a governmental body, it is not a branch of federal, state or county government. A SWCD is classified as a local unit of government. Each SWCD is governed by a five-member board of directors. Directors are elected by land owners and occupiers of the land in the county. The SWCD board meets regularly to administer a program of work that fits the needs and natural resources concerns in the county. There are 98 Soil and Water Conservation Districts in the state of Illinois.

In 1932, the Illinois State Legislature approved the creation of Soil and Water Conservation Districts through the Soil and Water Conservation Act. The Munson Soil Conservation District was formed August 4, 1939. Henry County was the second district organized in Illinois. The Munson Soil Conservation District originally encompassed Munson Township, and parts of Osco and Cambridge Townships. By 1949, the entire county was included and the name changed to Henry County Soil Conservation District. The named was changed to Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District in 1962. The mission of the Henry County Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide leadership and administer programs to help conserve, improve and sustain our natural resources and environment.


"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land."
-Aldo Leopold 

Henry County SWCD

301 East North Street
PO Box 162
Cambridge, Illinois 61238

Sharon.Matson [at] il.nacdnet.net
Phone: 309.937.3377, ext. 101


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