Press Release

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) is taking significant steps in 2014 to ensure that Illinois farmers have the scientific research and educational programs they need to maximize harvest yields through the efficient use of nutrients while protecting
the environment.

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NREC 2014 Project Descriptions

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Our Priorities

  • Funding the Keep it for the Crop Nutrient Stewardship Program
    KIC was established in 2011 by the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices to promote nutrient stewardship in six priority watersheds established by IEPA. Go to for more information.
  • Reinvesting in Critical Nutrient Research to Sustain Soil Fertility and Enhance Crop Yields
    NREC will work with soil fertility experts to establish short and long-term projects to ensure the Illinois Agronomy Handbook reflects the best available science with regard to agronomic practices critical to crop production.
  • Determine Practices to Reduce Nutrient Losses from Applied Fertilizer
    Tile drainage systems pose a particular challenge in finding new methods to reduce nutrient loss- es. On-farm research coordinated by NREC is fundamental to proving that agriculture can reduce losses through voluntary, science-based approaches.
  • Communication & Implementation
    Research and education dollars are wasted if communication is insufficient to demonstrate the value of this investment to the industry and to the general public. NREC will fund a dynamic communications program to accomplish this critical need, implement what we learn and return the investment in NREC directly to growers and the industry.