ILLINOIS NUTRIENT RESEARCH & EDUCATION COUNCIL ANNOUNCES PROJECTS FOR 2013
NREC provides funding for water quality and crop production priorities
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), has announced the first slate of projects that it will fund to fulfill NREC’s mission to enhance nutrient utilization, increase crop production and protect water quality. NREC is funded by a 75 cent per ton assessment on each ton of fertilizer sold in Illinois; the money generated by the fertilizer assessment is held outside of state government and is managed by a 13 member Council made up of representatives from agriculture organizations, environmental organizations, the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
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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 KIC2025.org 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.