We are:

  • 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

The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy has been released

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

Indiana CCA Presentation

Dr. Brown presented December 18, 2013 at the Indiana CCA Conference.
InCCA 2013 Presentation
(16MB pdf)

AGMasters Presentation

Presentation by Dr. Howard Brown

Ag Masters Conference
University of Illinois
December 2, 2013


Brown, AGMasters Presentation 2013

(9.8MB pdf)


KIC 2014, November Progress Report

KIC Progress Report November 2014
(2.0MB pdf)

Lake Springfield Nitrogen Management Program

CBMP is launching a 3 year special nitrogen management program in the Lake Springfield, IL watershed.  This program encourages ag retailers and farmers to adopt a nitrogen management system in the watershed to minimize environmental impact, optimize harvest yield and maximize input utilization (MOM).  In addition to CBMP, local ag retailers and farmers, other vital partners in the project include City Water Light &  Power (CWLP), Sangamon County SWCD and the Lincoln Land Community College Ag program.
Please open the documents below to see an overview of the project, an explanation of nitrogen management systems, how to participate in the N WATCH soil nitrate testing program, commonly asked questions and a brochure on nitrogen stewardship and nitrogen management.
Questions on this project? Contact CBMP
Phone: (618) 364-2219

Dan Schaefer, CPAg, CCA

Dan Schaefer, CPAg, CCA
CBMP Director of Nutrient Stewardship
Dan  joined CBMP in January 2012 to manage the “Keep it for the Crop (KIC) by 2025” nutrient stewardship program and work directly with ag retailers and growers to educate, implement and record progress toward the implementation of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship:  Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place.  The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has identified eight priority watersheds for nutrient reductions, including Lake Bloomington, Lake Evergreen, Lake Vermilion, Lake Decatur, Vermilion River (Illinois Basin), Salt Fork Vermilion River (Wabash Basin), Lake Springfield and Mauvaise Terre Creek.  Dan is currently engaged in 30+ on-farm N rate trials in the watersheds and also helps coordinate the N WATCH soil nitrate testing program. 
Dan has a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois.  He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).  Illinois Farm Bureau named him CCA of the Year in 2010.  Prior to accepting this new role, Schaefer worked as the Agronomist for Illini FS, where he had a 30-year career working directly with growers on agronomic recommendations and assisting the University of Illinois with on-farm research to improve nutrient efficiency. 
You can contact Dan at :
(217) 202-5173