SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC) will host an educational forum for farmers that covers the latest findings in NREC-funded research and how agriculture can help Illinois meet the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. The interactive forum will also engage attendees to express what research needs they see for reducing nitrogen loss and being more efficient in nitrogen use.
The meeting begins at 9 am on Monday, March 12 and concludes with lunch at 12:30 pm. The meeting is expected to be over by 2 pm. The meeting is being held at the DeKalb County Farm Bureau at 1350 W. Prairie Dr, in Sycamore.
Besides hearing from NREC Executive Director Julie Armstrong updates on new and ongoing research, researchers will present the latest results. Speakers include Dr. Emerson Nafziger, University of Illinois; Dr. Shalamar Armstrong, Purdue University; Jill Kostel, The Wetland Initiative; Dan Schaefer, Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association; and Cindy Skrukrud of the Sierra Club.
There is no charge for the forum, but attendees must pre-register at www.illinoisnrec.org. Click on UPCOMING EVENTS to register.
The Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC) was created by state statute in 2012. Funded by a 75-cent per ton assessment on bulk fertilizer sold in Illinois, NREC provides financial support for nutrient research and education programs to ensure the discovery and adoption of practices that address environmental concerns, optimize nutrient use efficiency, and ensure soil fertility.
A 13-member NREC Council annually solicits, reviews and funds projects that fulfill the organization’s mission. More information can be found at www.illinoisncrec.org.