Title: Closing Plenary Session
Date: Thu Jul 25, 2019
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Moderator: Sally Flis
Precision Agriculture and NRCS Conservation Programs – Cracking the Code so They Can Work Together

In this presentation, Mr. Dozier will provide an overview of current NRCS conservation programs--EQIP, CSP, ACEP, and RCPP (with a little CRP thrown in). He will explain how ag professionals and farmers can work through the alphabet soup of acronyms to see how these programs work. Learn how to find that sweet spot where production and conservation goals intersect for program eligibility. Acquire new skills to determine if there is a good fit for you or your clients and learn how NRCS program incentives can offset costs and potential risks associated with implementing and maintaining conservation practices.  

Ivan Dozier (speaker)
State Conservationist
Champaign, IL
Ivan Dozier has been the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s State Conservationist for Illinois since April of 2012. He was raised on his family’s farm in Southern Illinois where they produced grain and cattle. Ivan’s educational background includes a B. S. in Agriculture from the University of Illinois (‘83) and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from the U of I Springfield (‘92). He started work with SCS/NRCS in 1983 as a part-time Soil Conservation Aide and was converted to a career Soil Conservationist position in 1984. Ivan’s previous body of work with NRCS includes experience as a County Soil Scientist, Soil Conservationist, District Conservationist, American Indian Liaison and Assistant State Conservationist for Programs. Ivan is a past-President of the Illinois Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS). He served on the Illinois NRCS State Civil Rights Committee and on the National Civil Rights Committee as the America Indian Male representative. He is a former officer with the American Indian Council of Illinois and the past-President of the National American Indian Alaska Native Employee Association for NRCS. Ivan is also a veteran of the US Army Reserve. He graduated with honors from both Basic and Advanced Training. While in the Reserves he served as a medical lab specialist.
Length (approx): 50 min