The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund has expanded opportunities in Illinois for 2023 and enrollment is now open in 68 counties! The Soil and Water Outcomes Fund provides financial incentives directly to farmers who implement new conservation practices that yield environmental outcomes like carbon sequestration and water quality improvement. Farmers enrolled in our program last year earned an average of $34 per acre. Common implemented practices include no-till/reduced tillage, cover crops, and extended crop rotations. Already implementing these practices? No problem, you can still enroll with additional practices or acreage.

How Do I Find Out More and Enroll?

Visit to view eligible geographical locations, learn more, and enroll. You can also send an email to


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About the Author: Brogan Schanz

Brogan Schanz is a Field Representative for the Soil and Water Outcomes Fund in Western Iowa and Northern Illinois. He works with farmers to implement practical conservation practices into their farming operations. Brogan also provides support to affiliate recruiters. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Natural Resource Ecosystem Management from Iowa State University. He previously worked in retail agronomy assisting growers with input selection and ensuring their success in the field. Brogan grew up near Amana, Iowa. He currently lives in West Liberty, Iowa with his wife and their two daughters and helps on the operations side of the family farm.

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