Three cheers for Macon County farmer, Dave Brown, who wrote about how he and his son are improving soil quality. We've been hearing for quite a while that Illinois is losing more soil through water erosion than is being built-up through the slower ecological processes essential for healthy soil. Cover crops are a great way to hold the soil and give it time to become enriched.
I support Brown's call for the Illinois legislature to pass a bill that would establish an incentive through reduced crop insurance premiums by creating a $5 reward for every acre planted in cover crops. This proposal is a common sense idea that should find favor with all our state legislators and the governor. It is an investment that honors our land and our farmers, while it also shows that the earth, which we are borrowing from the future, is being taken care of today.
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Catherine Stanford, Decatur