Director’s Desk This month’s newsletter starts off on a somber note as Paul Sweeney passed away after his battle with cancer. Paul was a long time ADMC board member who represented Ecosystem Services Exchange. I knew Paul both from his time with NRCS as well as with ESE. Paul made huge contributions to water conservation throughout the Midwest. It was an honor to get to work will Paul and we hope that his family and loved ones find peace during this difficult time. The Plastic Pipe Institute, ADMC platinum member, hosted a panel discussion on agricultural drainage issues at its semi-annual meeting in Milwuakee, WI. Panelists included: Bob Clark, President of Clark Farm Drainage; Bruce Clevenger, Associate Professor & Extension Educator from the Ohio State
Pleas check out the ADMC September Newsletter to learn about the notice for the annual meeting, a public/private model for smart conservation drainage implementation, a bioreactor installation by Morreim Drainage Inc., the work of the Cannon River Watershed Partnership, and the Conservation Drainage Network.
Director’s Desk Mother nature has not cooperated for what seems like years on end now. The wet fall shutdown most fieldwork following harvest, leaving contractors and farmers hoping for a cooperative spring to make up for lost time. That obviously has not happened. A wet fall has been parlayed into a disastrous spring. The extremely wet spring amplifies the importance of having an adequate water management system in place. Without a proper drainage system, tight planting windows become even tighter. Which with this spring could mean waiting weeks not days to get back into the field. It could also be the difference in getting a field planted and making the tough decision to enter into a prevent plant program. All of the Midwest is behind
Director’s Desk Advanced Conservation Drainage Training in Illinois About the training: The 2019 Advanced Conservation Drainage Training (ACDT) Program brings together diverse members of the agricultural and drainage communities and provides them with knowledge, tools, and connections to make conservation drainage an integral part of tile installation and farm management. Our 2019 series will focus on three conservation drainage practices: saturated buffers, constructed wetlands, and drainage water management. Through classroom exercises, field demonstrations, and expert-led discussions, participants will learn about the science behind how each practice works, gain technical knowledge associated with siting, designing, and constructing conservation drainage practices, and develop strategies to successfully implement practices while overcoming common administrative challenges. We are recruiting a diverse cadre of trainees (drainage contractors, farmers, engineers, agency experts,