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Best Management Practices

  • Nutrient Management Overview
    Illinois Corn is addressing concerns related to nutrient runoff by participating in several coalitions and groups that invest in research and education to help farmers better manage their farms, soil, and fertilizers. Corn and soybean production have steadily increased over time. This increase can be attributed to the combined effort of University researchers, an industry that has developed new products to improve the efficiency of crop production, and ingenuity of … Read More »
  • Illinois Council on Best Management Practices
    The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices is a coalition of Illinois agribusinesses and agricultural organizations that desire to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices (BMPs) to protect and improve water quality in Illinois. In other words, this group of agricultural leaders is trying to determine the best farming techniques to improve Illinois water. They are also a source of information and support for local watershed … Read More »
  • Nutrient Research Education Council
    WHY NREC? Illinois has funded nutrient research & education since 1989, with a designated fertilizer tonnage fee and a program called the Fertilizer Research & Education Council (FREC) whose monies were held within the Illinois Dept of Agriculture. Since 2004, the FREC fund has been swept and diverted to the State’s General Revenue Fund and used to fund other state programs. State budget cuts to ag research are on-going, leaving … Read More »
  • Conservation Reserve Priograms
    According to the US Department of Agriculture, the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) is a voluntary program for agricultural landowners. Through CRP, they receive annual rental payments and cost-share assistance to establish long-term, resource conserving covers on eligible farmland. CRP protects millions of acres of American topsoil from erosion and is designed to safeguard the Nation's natural resources. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, CRP protects groundwater and … Read More »
  • EQIP
    The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, … Read More »
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