Other programs are available to farmers that are outside the Lake Decatur Watershed or can be stacked with the RCPP program.



Perennial Bioenergy Crops

American Farmland Trust (AFT) is collaborating with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) to broaden Illinois’s crop diversification and farm resiliency efforts. This project seeks to repurpose marginal lands using perennial bioenergy crops to provide additional economic opportunities while boosting farm resiliency. Argonne National Lab developed a free analysis tool called SUPERBEEST for farmers and conservation planners to assess the marginalities of a particular parcel and where perennial bioenergy crops could be a good fit.    

AFT is looking for farmers and landowners who are interested in receiving free technical assistance. This free technical assistance includes:

  • An initial phone consultation
  • An in-person or virtual site visit
  • The creation of a personalized 5-Year Management Plan for a perennial bioenergy crop of your choice

If you are a farmer interested in technical assistance, please contact Ben Harbaugh at bharbaugh@farmland.org or Marlee Giacometti at mgiacometti@farmland.org.

For more information on the project, please visit the project webpage.