CORN FARMERS SUPPORT STATE'S VOLUNTARY NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Tricia Braid

Jul, 22, 2015  |  Today's News

Illinois Corn Growers Association supports the State of Illinois’ Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and appreciates the voluntary nature of the program.

As one of the nutrient stakeholders at the table when the Strategy was first being conceptualized, ICGA, along with other farm groups and businesses who also serve on the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, held the position that the State’s Strategy should be voluntary and recognize the good work already being done by many farmers.

“We believe in supporting continuing voluntary efforts to manage nutrients and improve water quality in a way that is sensible from both an environmental and economic perspective,” explained ICGA President Kenneth Hartman, Jr.

“The Strategy isn’t about reducing nutrient use, it’s about reducing nutrient loss and that’s something we all can get behind,” he continued.

ICGA, in partnership with its sister organization, the Illinois Corn Marketing Board, has been educating Illinois corn farmers about voluntary best management practices (BMP) and urging the adoption of the BMPs that make sense on individual farms. ICGA, as a member of the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, supports their nutrient management programs, outreach and educational efforts, as well.