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  • a coalition of agribusinesses and agricultural organizations
  • a clearinghouse on current research to protect water quality in Illinois
  • a source for information and support for local watershed groups and water quality initiatives

Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Roadshow - June 2015

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) will be released this summer. C-BMP and its member organizations want you to be prepared by hosting local educational events throughout the state. Click here for more details.
What is The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy? Illinois NLRS or the strategy is a framework for using science, technology, and industry experience to assess and reduce nutrient loss to Illinois waters and the Gulf of Mexico. The strategy will direct efforts to reduce nutrients from point and non-point sources in a coordinated, primarily voluntary, and cost-effective manner.

Contact a Cover Crop Specialist

Interested in learning more about cover crops and if they are right for you?
Contact a Cover Crop Specialist 

Dean Oswald - Northern Illinois

Pete Fandel - North Central Illinois

Dick Lyons - South Central Illinois
Mike Plumer - Southern Illinois

Cover Crop Field Day at Sugar Grove Nature Center in McLean, IL

KIC 2014, November Progress Report

KIC Progress Report November 2014
(2.0MB pdf)

N-WATCH Sentinel Site Program

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) today announced support of the N-WATCH Sentinel Site Program which helps farmers become more aware of plant-available nitrogen dynamics in the soil environment. CBMP will provide funding for up to 200 N-WATCH Sentinel Sites in eight identified watersheds and up to 100 at-large sites throughout the state.
Farmers can participate in N-WATCH Sentinel Sites through their local ag retailer or ag business.  The project sign-up period begins April 13, 2015 and runs through April 30, 2015 (or until funding is exhausted). Reimbursements to participating ag retail locations and ag businesses for the establishment of a N-WATCH Sentinel Sites (up to five sites at $200/site) will be made after the 2015 harvest (by November 30, 2015). Individual farmers can also sign-up at HERE.