Illinois Soil Nitrogen Monitoring Instructions

2012 KIC Conference Presentations

KIC Program Update

Dan Schaefer delivered a presentation on what the KIC program has been up to in 2012 and what is planned for 2013.
 

4Rs: The Right Approach for Nutrient Efficiency

Dr. Cliff Snyder of IPNI discussed the need for 4Rs in nutrient management.
 
 snyder_4r.pdf (3.55MB)

Explanation of NREC

Jean Payne discussed the new Nutrient Research and Education Council. The overview included the process and the benefits expected from the checkoff.
 
 payne_nrec.pdf (2.1MB)

About KIC 2025

Illinois is challenged to increase food production and protect our valuable water resources from
nutrient impairment. Illinois agriculture, in partnership with state agencies and other nutrient
stakeholders, is committed to making measurable progress in the adoption of enhanced nutrient
stewardship practices to protect water quality.

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices which includes Illinois Corn Growers,
Illinois Farm Bureau, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association, Illinois Soybean Association,
Illinois Pork Producers and Syngenta Crop has developed and will implement a new nutrient
stewardship program entitled “Keep It for the Crop (KIC) by 2025.” “KIC by 2025” establishes
goals for reducing nutrient losses from agriculture through adoption of the 4R’s of Nutrient Use:
Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place.

“KIC by 2025” will seek to educate the agricultural sector, dedicate significant resources toward
research to reduce nutrient losses and enhance nutrient efficiency, educate suppliers and farmers,
and measure the adoption of in-field practices to enhance nutrient stewardship beginning in
priority watersheds and expanding over years to a state-wide nutrient stewardship program.
A component of “KIC by 2025” is to initiate legislation amending The Illinois Fertilizer Act to
establish a stable, ag industry derived funding mechanism for nutrient management research and
education programs and to facilitate industry and farmer involvement on nutrient and water
quality issues. KIC by 2025 will utilize the Nutrient Research & Education Council as the
leadership organization to develop priority education and research projects, budgets and oversee
the administration and implementation of the research and education projects. This legislation is
supported by all the agricultural organizations, Illinois EPA, Illinois Dept of Ag and the
environmental organizations. It passed the Illinois Senate unanimously and awaits action in the
Illinois House of Representatives.

On September 1, 2011 members of the CBMP held a press at the Farm Progress Show to
announce the official start of KIC by 2025. Work will begin in six priority watersheds identified
by IEPA: Lake Bloomington, Lake Vermilion, Lake Decatur, Vermilion River (Illinois Basin),
Salt Fork Vermilion River (Wabash Basin) and Mauvaise Terre Creek. KIC has also hired a full
time Director of Nutrient Stewardship, Dan Schaefer, to oversee management of the KIC
program.

Direct Questions about KIC by 2025 to CBMP Coordinator Mike Plumer at (618) 364-2219, to
Jean Payne, Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical Association at (309) 827-2774 or to Dan Schaefer,
KIC Director of Nutrient Stewardship at (217) 202-5173.

Visit www.KIC2025.org for updates on the program.

IEPA Priority Watersheds for KIC September 2011

IEPA Priority Watersheds

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