Working collaboratively with agriculture stakeholders, the Illinois Soybean Association hosted its bi-annual Soy 2020 roundtable meeting last week. Discussion focused on nutrient management and Illinois water quality.
"ISA is committed to collaborating with ag industry representatives so we can successfully achieve our common objectives. We can be more effective by working together. These outreach efforts are important for successful nutrient management and improved water quality in Illinois," says Don Guinnip, soybean farmer from Marshall and ISA Production Committee chair.
Agricultural distributors, university faculty and government representatives discussed current Illinois nutrient management pressures and opportunities to partner together. Speakers included Jean Payne, president of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association; Howard Brown, director of nutrient management and environmental stewardship with Growmark; and Marcia Willhite, bureau chief of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Payne and Brown gave an overview of initiatives by the Council on Best Management Practices, Keep it for the Crop by 2025, and the Nutrient Research and Education Council. All organizations proactively are working with farmers and industry to adopt conservation practices that minimize nutrient loss. Willhite updated the group on Illinois EPA's nutrient reduction strategy to reduce nitrogen and phosphorus loads that leave the state.
For more information on how Illinois stakeholders are working together to improve nutrient management and water quality, visit illinoisnrec.org or epa.state.il.us.
Soy 2020 is an initiative to ensure continued competitiveness and leadership for our Illinois soybean industry in the global marketplace. ISA more than 45,000 soybean farmers in Illinois through the state soybean checkoff and membership efforts. The checkoff funds market development, soybean production and profitability research, promotion, issues management and analysis, communications and education. For more information, visit the website www.ilsoy.org.