Illinois Farm Bureau tohost water use reporting webinar

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Farm Bureau will host a webinar to discuss the Illinois State Water Survey’s requirement that irrigators report their water usage to the state. Lauren Lurkins, director of natural and environmental resources, Illinois Farm Bureau, will host the webinar May 18 at 1 p.m.

The requirement stems from the Illinois Water Use Act, which was amended in 2010 to make reporting for all high capacity wells or intakes mandatory in Illinois, including agricultural irrigation.

“This is a new requirement that many of our irrigators may not be familiar with,” Lurkins said. “This webinar will provide a comprehensive look at the requirements of the Water Use Act as they apply to agricultural irrigators.”

All Illinois Farm Bureau members are invited to attend the webinar. For those unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted on the Illinois Farm Bureau Water Use Reporting webpage at

The webinar is free of charge, but members are required to register in advance of the webinar on the Illinois Farm Bureau Water Use Reporting webpage.

The Illinois Farm Bureau is a member of the American Farm Bureau Federation, a national organization of farmers and ranchers. Founded in 1916, IFB is a non-profit, membership organization directed by farmers who join through their county Farm Bureau. IFB has a total membership of more than 400,000 and a voting membership of more than 82,000. IFB represents three out of four Illinois farmers.