Save the date for The Climate Economy in Southern Illinois – Creating Resilient Businesses, Jobs, and Communities workshop. On June 12-13, southern Illinois communities, non-profits, businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals are invited to Carbondale, Illinois for an information exchange about resources, innovative ideas, and opportunities available in the changing economy. Three keynote speakers will open the conference with background on what’s happening in the economy and provide insight into economic diversification opportunities in energy, forestry, agriculture and more. Panelists will discuss issues and options for the region. And a community forum will give participants the chance to speak to organizations and businesses directly. Attendance is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged. Lunch is provided for registered participants. For those interested in learning more about a specific technology, the second day will feature a workshop on biochar by author, entrepreneur and permaculturist, Albert Bates. This workshop is limited to 40 people and has a $50 registration fee.
AgriSafe was formed in 2003 by rural nurses who believed that together they could improve the health and safety of farmers and ranchers. Today, AgriSafe builds the competency of health and safety professionals to deliver exceptional occupational agricultural health care. The AgriSafe Network advises caution during flood recovery. Floodwater can be contaminated by pollutants including sewage, human and animal feces, pesticides and insecticides, fertilizers, oil, asbestos, rusting building materials, and others. Although public attention is focused on property loss caused by floods, protecting your own health is more important. Learn how to protect yourself while cleaning up after flooding.
According to the Spring Outlook, published by NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the entire state of Illinois is in the flood risk zone. Eastern and Central Illinois should prepare for minor flooding, while western, northern, and southern portions of the state may see moderate to major flooding. Rapid snow melt, heavy spring rains, and saturated soils have already contributed to flooding in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska and those conditions are expected to continue and to spread for the next several months. Areas where moderate to major flooding is expected should prepare for flooded buildings and washed out roadways. Evacuation of people and property is likely.
Join us on Thursday, May 16th at Noon (CST) as we host Christopher Boggs, Supervising Attorney, Illinois Attorney General’s Office, for a live webinar on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The webinar will provide an update on information and tools required to implement this policy at the local level and avoid violations. REGISTER HERE