Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association
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IL Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy - Key Points for IFCA Members

This week, we are anticipating the release of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  Illinois EPA and the Illinois Dept of Ag worked closely with a policy group representing all stakeholders in developing the strategy document.  IFCA was a member of the policy work group along with representatives from farm organizations, municipal wastewater treatment, environmental groups and universities.  
We expect a lot of attention in the press when the document is released, and there will be a 60 day public comment period.  IFCA has prepared a one page summary of key points for our members.  Click here to be directed to the IFCA homepage and refer to the "Nutrient Resources" section at the top.  This section also features a newsletter with stories on how IFCA members are making progress with their customers on reducing nutrient losses.  

With the release of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, you should be prepared to answer questions about reducing nutrient losses and be positive about the products and services that your company can provide to help farmer customers increase nutrient utilization and protect water quality.  The 4R Nutrient Stewardship program is referenced in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy and IFCA will be announcing the IFCA 4R Code of Practice and the Illinois CCA 4R Specialty Certification at our industry's upcoming winter conference events.  We must embrace our leadership role in defining and implementing voluntary, common sense, profitable practices that will improve Illinois agricultural production and protect water quality.  IFCA will assist our members in submitting comments once the strategy is released.  In the meantime if you have any questions please contact Jean Payne or KJ Johnson at the IFCA office.