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Survey Results: Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy

Please click here to access the full report of Illinois survey results generated by the USDA NASS.

Across the Mississippi River Basin, 45% reductions in nitrogen and phosphorus loads are necessary to meet national goals established to reduce the size of the Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone. To address this challenge, the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, one of twelve state-based strategies across the region, was released in 2015 by the Illinois Department of Agriculture and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The goal of this survey was to produce statistically defensible estimates of several “in field” and “edge of field” practices conducted by Illinois farmers as those practices relate to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  In July 2016, 1,900 surveys were mailed to randomly selected agricultural producers across the state of Illinois who have at least 100 acres of land in field crops.

Thank you to those who chose to complete and return the survey. Some key take-away messages the survey identified are illustrated below.Cover crop tiled2_2016 NASS survey_Illinois Extension_Christianson_Branded3

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This information is vital to assessing Illinois’ progress towards our nutrient loss reduction goals and to demonstrating that a voluntary approach to nutrient loss reduction works in Illinois.

Interested in doing more? Click here to see how science can help you find the right practices for your field.

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Funding for the survey was provided by the Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council.

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