Monday, February 25, 2008

Illinois Soil & Water Districts on Brink of Closure

FarmWeek which is published by the Illinois Farm Bureau is reporting that many Illinois county Soil & Water Conservation Districts offices are on the verge of closure. This is because the Illinois Department of Agriculture has not released funding for FY 2008 even though the state is 8 months into the current fiscal year. Most of these small county offices operate on a very small and tight budget. The SWCD offices provided invaluable assistance to local units of government, especially county boards who rely upon this work in zoning cases.

According to the article, Rich Nichols, executive director of the Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts, said three districts face "severe financial constraints...and there are several others on the brink."

FarmWeek tried to reach Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Governor's office for comment, but were unsuccessful.

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