A program aimed at helping farmers adapt more environmentally sustainable practices is expanding fast.
The S.T.A.R. program started in Champaign County two years ago. Forty-two other counties are now on board, including Peoria, Mason and Tazewell.
Here’s how it works. Farmers fill out a worksheet to grade their current soil and water conservation practices. Then they send it in.
Bruce Henrikson is the project coordinator. He said many central Illinois farmers don’t initially make the grade.