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Illinois Council on Best Management Practices Elects Officers for 2015

Illinois Farm Bureau’s Chris Hausman will serve as CBMP’s President

March 16, 2015 - Bloomington, IL

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) held its annual meeting on Friday, March 6 and elected new officers for 2015. The offices of president, vice president, treasurer and secretary will now all be held by farmers representing ag organizations.

Newly elected officers include:

President - Chris Hausman, Illinois Farm Bureau
A farmer from Pesotum in Champaign County, was elected to the Illinois Farm Bureau State Board of Directors in 2006 to represent District 12, which includes Champaign, Douglas, Edgar and Vermilion Counties. He is chairman of the National Affairs and Marketing Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee, the Budget Committee and on the Gardner Chair Policy Advisory Committee. He also serves on the COUNTRY Trust Bank Board, the IAA and COUNTRY Governance Committees and the previous Vice-President of CBMP.

Vice-President - Andy Bartlow, Illinois Corn Growers Association
A farmer from Macomb in McDonough County, is the Illinois Corn Growers District 9 director representing Hancock, McDonough, Adams, Brown, Pike, and Schuyler counties in Western Illinois. Andy is a fourth generation farmer who currently grows corn and soybeans with his father at the family farm located outside of Augusta, IL. The operation is approximately 60% corn and 40% soybeans across three counties in Western Illinois. Andy also is a seed dealer representing the DeKalb and Asgrow seed brands to various growers across Illinois. Prior to returning to the family farm in 2012, Andy spent 17 years working for Monsanto and DuPont in multiple sales roles in the seed and chemical industry.

Treasurer - David Droste, Illinois Soybean Association
A farmer from Nashville in Washington County, is treasurer and a district director for the Illinois Soybean Association. He has served on the Washington County Farm Bureau board, Washington County Soil and Water Conservation District board, Illinois Farm Bureau Ag Leaders of Tomorrow, Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation & Development Council and the current Treasurer of CBMP.

Secretary - Todd Dail, Illinois Pork Producers Association
A farmer from Erie in Whiteside County, has served as president of the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) during 2014. He has served three terms on the IPPA board, in which he has served six years as an At-Large Director. He also previously served as President-Elect for two years and has been the Marketing Committee and Industry Services Committee chair. Todd was a delegate to the National Pork Forum and has been on several legislative trips to Washington D.C. Todd is a 2008 graduate of the National Pork Board Pork Leadership Academy.

“CBMP’s goal is to promote enhanced nutrient stewardship and implementation of voluntary agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and this is a priority for Illinois farmers,” said Hausman. “I am thrilled to serve as president of this organization and to help educate farmers across Illinois on BMPs.”

To support CBMP’s goal, the council recently received a $690,000 grant from the Nutrient Research Education Council (NREC) to fund the Keep it for the Crop (KIC) Education and Outreach Program. The KIC program will allow CBMP an opportunity to educate farmers on a variety of ways to reduce nutrient losses and improve water quality while using the goals outlined in the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy as a roadmap.

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, a non-profit 501-c (5) organization, was formed in 1998. Its mission is to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois. Member organizations include Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Syngenta, Monsanto and GROWMARK.

For information on current CBMP projects, visit www.illinoiscbmp.org.

 

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices Receives NREC Funding for 2015

February 11, 2015 - Bloomington, IL

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) will receive a grant from the Nutrient Research Education Council (NREC) to fund the Keep it for the Crop (KIC) Education and Outreach Program. The ultimate goal of KIC is to reduce nutrient losses and improve water quality. KIC is a comprehensive, collaborative program for science-based outreach and education. It promotes enhanced nutrient stewardship and implementation of voluntary agricultural best management practices (BMPs). The program began in 2011 and has recently evolved to focus on meeting the goals of the soon-to-be-finalized Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

CBMP’s multi-faceted KIC Education and Outreach Program features education, training, demonstration, communication and collaboration. The program emphasizes science-based education and outreach to farmers, agribusiness, youth and the general public in Illinois and meets the following objectives:

1. Information – Gather the most up-to-date and accurate information about the effectiveness of BMPs to improve water quality and other natural resources and highlight the programs available to assist with adoption, including the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program that supports fertilizer management practices focusing on the right source, right rate, right time and right place.

2. Awareness – Increase awareness of water quality and other natural resource issues as well as the effectiveness and economic viability of adopting BMPs.

3. Participation – Increase farmer participation in available nutrient management, water quality and conservation programs and increase the adoption of BMPs to improve water quality and other natural resources.

4. Demonstration – Use the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy as a guide to demonstrate and track adoption of BMPs within the eight targeted watersheds in which CBMP has resources.

5. Collaboration – CBMP, and representatives from each of its member organizations, work together with a variety of local partners and cooperators including universities, community colleges, local SWCDs, municipalities, local watershed groups,  state and national governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, private companies and state and national commodity organizations; on programs and projects that strive to increase the adoption of voluntary agricultural BMPs.

“CBMP’s goal is to become the cutting edge resource offering education and outreach tools to the agriculture industry on BMPs,” said Jennifer Tirey, executive director, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. “This is going to take a collaborative effort and implementation of a variety of BMPs across the entire state to achieve the goals defined in the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The KIC program is a step in the right direction to begin demonstrating our progress.”

NREC was created by Public Act 97-0960. The Fertilizer Act requires a designated assessment amount of 75 cents per ton of fertilizer sold in Illinois to be directed to NREC for projects that will maximize nutrient use and minimize nutrient loss annually while maintaining productivity needed to feed the increasing world population. The process for applying for NREC funds is a highly competitive process. This year, 20 projects were funded.

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, a non-profit 501-c (5) organization, was formed in 1998. Its mission is to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois. Member organizations include Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Syngenta, Monsanto and GROWMARK.

For information on current CBMP projects, visit www.illinoiscbmp.org.

 

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices Announces Year Two of Cover Crop Specialist Training Program

January 28, 2015 - Bloomington, IL

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (CBMP) announced today the continuation of its cover crop training program for 2015. The program, funded by the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC), serves as a resource for farmers considering cover crops as a best management practice (BMP). Four regional Cover Crop Specialists will help promote the use of cover crops for nutrient management in production agriculture in Illinois.

During the program’s first year, Cover Crop Specialists were engaged in training programs, outreach events, establishing cover crop demonstration sites and research plots. Further, they incorporated cover crop lessons into Community College curriculums and worked with both government and non-government agencies to encourage farmers statewide to incorporate cover crops into their farming operations.

“The impact of this program has been significant in starting to establish a strong network of specialists and trained individuals who are spreading knowledge about cover crops,” said Jennifer Tirey, executive director, Illinois Council on Best Management Practices. “The training program helps farmers identify and understand another best management tool that might work for them. As we enter year two of the program, expect to see more outreach opportunities and on-farm demonstrations so that farmers can get information first-hand from others implementing these practices.”

Pete Fandel, Associate Professor in Agriculture at Illinois Central College in East Peoria, has played a key role in planning and organizing the training sessions at ICC, establishing demonstration plots on campus as well as demonstrations sites on his own farm and various research trials in the Peoria area. Fandel engages his students both in the classroom and in the field to teach the important role of cover crops in production agriculture.

Dean Oswald spent 34 years with University of Illinois Extension working as an Agriculture Adviser and an Animal Systems Educator. After retiring he worked as a Forage / Grazing Specialist with Midwest Grass & Forage in Macomb and is a Certified Forage and Grassland Professional with the American Forage and Grassland Council. Oswald will assist with training, education and outreach activities in the northern part of the state, discussing the benefits of cover crops and related nutrient cycling. He is cooperating with NRCS, university extension, community colleges and other agricultural groups interested in cover crops and has developed cover crop plots as well as educational training sessions for farmers, livestock producers and the agricultural community covering the selection, management, grazing and termination of cover crops.

Richard Lyons has over 15 years of no-till production experience and three years in planting cover crops. Lyons taught agriculture and agronomy classes for more than 30 years and led the Lincoln Land College Agriculture program. He farms 800 acres with his brother and has been active in the local watershed resource committee for Lake Springfield. One of Lyons’ primary focuses will be outreach to the NRCS District Conservationists in the south central region of the state.

Mike Plumer has 32 years of experience with cover crops and 37 years with conservation tillage. Plumer travels across the country and around the world conducting programming and research in cover crops and conservation to provide information and recommendations on using cover crops to improve crop production, soil health and water quality.

If you have specific questions about cover crops please email our cover crop specialists or visit CBMP’s You Tube channel for cover crop information.

You may also mail your questions to:
Illinois Council on Best Management Practices
PO Box 6317
Bloomington, IL 61702

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices, a non-profit 501-c (5) organization, was formed in 1998. Its mission is to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices (BMPs) to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois. Member organizations include Illinois Corn Growers Association, Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Syngenta, Monsanto and GROWMARK.

The Keep it for the Crop (KIC) Education and Outreach Program is CBMP’s comprehensive, collaborative program for science-based outreach and education designed to promote enhanced nutrient stewardship and implementation of voluntary agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nutrient losses and improve water quality. For information on current CBMP projects, visit www.illinoiscbmp.org.