Steve Stierwalt has been elected as the President of the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Steve ran for the position with conservation at the “top of mind”, concerning the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Stierwalt mentioned that these practices and efforts are very important to customers in the agricultural industry and he would like to connect with others by doing/leading the mission by protecting resources. Stierwalt asked that all farmers and landowners stop and think of the 4R’s and how they can benefit their farms and the land. Stierwalt wants to recognize farmers for their hard work and all they have done to “protect resources”.
“Every producer can do something to change”, said Stierwalt referring to the Best Management Practices, 4R’s and Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. With help by all, we can prevent further regulation on how we produce food, fiber and fuel.
If you see Steve Stierwalt please join us in recognizing him on this great achievement.
A little bit more about Steve…
Born and raised in Champaign County, Steve Stierwalt and his wife Judi, operate a corn and soybean farm near Sadorus, Illinois. After receiving a degree in agriculture economics from the University of Illinois, Stierwalt provided leadership in a number of agriculture related endeavors including president of the Champaign County Farm Bureau. In 1999, Stierwalt received the Apple of the Teacher award from the Illinois Farm Bureau in recognition of his efforts in behalf of agriculture in Champaign County.
Conservation of natural resources as they relate to agriculture, has been important to Stierwalt throughout his career. Because of this interest, Stierwalt has served on the board of directors of Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation District since 1996 and as chairman since 2002. On a state-wide basis, Stierwalt served as Area 3 Vice President for the Association of Illinois Soil and Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD). In 2016, he was elected president of the AISWCD, which serves 97 Soil and Water Districts in Illinois.
Education and in particular, agriculture education has been an integral part of Stierwalt’s life. He was a founding member of Earth Partners and been involved with “Illinois Ag in the Classroom” in a variety of leadership positions. Additionally, Stierwalt participated in the successful re-establishment of the agriculture education program at Unity High School.
In 2004, Steve Stierwalt was honored by the Champaign News Gazette newspaper as Farm Leader of the Year and in 2006 by Prairie Farmer magazine as a Master Farmer.