MILAN, Ill. — University of Illinois Extension and Rock Island County Soil and Water Conservation District have teamed up with regional experts to help farmers, landowners and farm operators implement best management practices to reduce agricultural nutrient losses into watersheds. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) aims to reduce nitrate-nitrogen and total phosphorus losses into rivers and streams by 15% and 25%, respectively, by 2025, and eventually by 45% for both nutrients.
As over 40% of land in the United States is farmland, farmers are more connected to our environment than any other group. Therefore, how they manage their private lands can have a big impact.
Learn more about the resources, options and programs available to help you implement the best strategies at this upcoming workshop. CCAs and CEUs available.
The Edge of Field Practices workshop will take place on Friday, August 23, from 10 am – 2:30 pm at the American Legion, 501 N Main St., Reynolds, IL 61279
Doors open at 9:30 for registration. Programs start at 10 a.m.
Program topics and speakers include:
- Introduction to NLRS, Haley Haverback, Watershed Outreach Associate, University of Illinois Extension
- Saturated Buffers and Bioreactors, Ryan Arch, Land Improvement Contractors Association
- Constructed Wetlands, Jill Kostel of the Wetland Initiative
- Cost Share, Jason Hessman, NRCS & Rich Stewart of the Rock Island Soil and Water Conservation District
- “On the Edge Conservation Station”, Iowa Learning Farms
- Tour from 1 – 2:30 PM
Register online for this workshop at University of Illinois Extension’s website: web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call (309) 756-9978. University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate, contact (309) 756-9978.
This program is made possible with support from: GoldStar FS Inc., Pioneer, and Nutrien.
— University of Illinois Extension, serving Henry, Mercer, Rock Island and Stark Counties
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