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Be the first to use the new drainage tools at the August workshop | Agriculture

DECATUR — The management of land resources is a competitive balance between environmental, economic, social and vital issues in an ever-changing and constantly growing world. Land improvement practices play a key role in sustainable land management.

University of Illinois Extension and the Illinois Land Improvement Contractors Association are offering a three-day workshop August 16-18 at Richland Community College in Decatur. This hands-on, comprehensive training will provide contractors with all the tools needed to design and implement subsurface drainage practices.

Register online at The cost is $65 for ILICA members and $85 for non-members.

Richard Cooke, Illinois extension specialist and professor in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, and Anamelechi Falasy, graduate research assistant in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, will demonstration of a new resource for entrepreneurs. Illini Drainage Tools is a series of one-click QGIS processing plugins under development at U of I Drainage Laboratory, University of Illinois.

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“The Illinois Drainage Tools provide a link between science and the practical application of LiDAR data for most environmental analysis,” Cooke said.