The federal Environmental Protection Agency has told Illinois to clean up its water and cities, towns and even farmers have started to make some changes.
More blankets of green vegetation are popping up around the state this time of year. They're not weeds, but crops planted to provide a protective cover. Southwest Illinois farmer Jack McCormick explains why he planted cover crops on his farmland;
In addition to farming, McCormick serves on the board of GROWMARK, made up of farm supply or F-S member companies around the state. The farm cooperative, along with the Illinois Farm Bureau, launched an effort to work with local F-S facilities and county Farm Bureaus to promote environmental tewardship;
The federal E-P-A requires Illinois to significantly reduce its nitrogen and phosphorus runoff from farm fields and city sewage treatment plants by 20-25.