January 19th & 20th

DoubleTree Hotel, 10 Brickyard Drive, Bloomington, IL


Thursday, January 19th

12:00pm  Registration & Trade Show Open

1:00pm    Regulatory Panel  –  Representatives from regulatory agencies such as the US Army Corps of Engineers and NRCS will discuss how their regulations apply to drainage districts.  Then we will provide several situations and each agency will discuss what interest their agency would have in that situation.

2:45pm    Break

3:00pm   Appealing an Adverse Wetlands Determination on Farmland:  A Case Study Attorney Kurt Wilke and Engineer Don Wauthier will provide an overview of an actual case including how they obtained evidence, performed drainage analysis, and presented the landowner’s case, and the options for judicial remedies and recovery of costs and fees.

4:00pm   Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy:  An Update on Implementation Efforts  –  Lauren Lurkins, Director of Natural and Environmental Resources with the Illinois Farm Bureau will give an overview of the strategy and will discuss how Illinois is making progress towards the goals.

5:00pm   Adjourn

Friday, January 20th

7:00am    Registration, Breakfast & Tradeshow Open

8:00am    IADD Annual Business Meeting & Legislative Report  –  Make sure to attend this important session to provide your input and learn the latest legislation that could effect your district!

8:45am    Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Update  –  John Torbert, Director of the Iowa Drainage District Association will give an update on the lawsuit and how it can effect drainage districts everywhere.

9:15am    Option A:  Myth Busting Nitrate Problems  –  Dr. Michael Castellano of Iowa State University will bust the myth that many nitrate problems are caused by farmers’ mismanagement of fertilizer.

9:15am    Option B:  I’m a Drainage Commissioner…Now What?  –  Intended for newer drainage commissioners, this session will offer a panel of experienced drainage commissioners answering questions. 

10:00am Break

10:15am  Option A:  Modernizing Your Drainage District:  One District’s Attempt to Bring Their Tile System From the 19th Century into the 21st Century  –  Commissioner Richard Lyons, Attorney Robert Grierson and other key players will discuss their roles in the project.

10:15am  Option B:  Commissioner Responsibilities  –  Attorney Heather Clauss will provide an overview of the obligations that drainage commissioners have including prevailing wage.  A great introduction for new commissioners or a refresher for experienced commissioners.

11:00am  Break

11:15am   Option A:  Everything You Ever Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask About Certified Wetland Determinations  –  Ivan Dozier, State Conservationist for the Illinois Natural Resources Conservation Service, will discuss Certified Wetland Determinations.

11:15am   Option B:  Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Soybeans, Enlist(R) and Xtend(R)?  –  Jeff Travers, Consultant, Retired from Monsanto after 34 years will discuss how agrochemical companies have developed soybeans with 2,4D or dicamba tolerance.  Labels for the new chemical products are more restrictive than labels of the past.  Learn how this could affect your business.

12:00pm  Luncheon

1:00pm     Keynote Speaker:  Eric Snodgrass  Mr. Snodgrass is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Illinois and is the co-founder of Agrible, Inc.  He will discuss the effect of climate change on agriculture.

1:30pm     Attorney & Engineer Panel  –  Leading Illinois Drainage Attorneys and Engineers will answer your questions.  It is a GREAT time to get solid, FREE advice for drainage problems.

2:30pm     Break

2:45pm    Option A:  Using Cover Crops to Cycle Nutrients  –  Will Glazik, Certified Crop Advisor for BCS will discuss how to use cover crops to manage nutrient cycling and soil fertility.

2:45pm    Option B:  Working with the Media  –  Rachel Torbert, Media Relations Manager with the Illinois Farm Bureau will provide tips and strategies for presenting your Drainage District in a positive light when working with the media.

3:15pm     Break

3:30pm    Option A:  History of Tile Drainage  –  Don Wauthier, an engineer with Berns, Clancy & Associates will walk attendees through the history of tile drainage and will discuss how it influences the drainage we have today.

3:30pm    Option B:  Open Meetings Act Training  –  Sara Smith, IADD Executive Director, will provide this required training for Drainage District Commissioners.

4:00pm    Adjourn

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