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Conservation Corner

Nutrient Loss Reduction Workshop

Fri, February 26, 2016

One of the main topics in Conservation these days is Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.  Throughout the state of Illinois, many Soil & Water Conservation Districts and their partners are working to promote reduction of nutrient loss to waterways, the Illinois River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico. 

The issue is the hypoxic zone in the Gulf.  Excessive nutrients are a major threat to water quality.  Nitrogen and phosphorous leached,  eroded, or washed off farm fields by heavy rains can fuel algae blooms that decrease oxygen needed by aquatic plants and animals.  In the Gulf of Mexico, nutrients washed down by the Mississippi River have created a “dead zone”  that stretches for thousands of square miles. 

A workshop being held March 17, 2016 from 1:00 - 4 :30 pm by the Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  Refreshments will be served. 

Where:  Fon du Lac Bank in the Levee District 201 Clock Tower Drive East Peoria Illinois.  Fon du Lac Room on the 2nd floor. 

Please park in the Levee District Parking Area, Target parking lot directly across Clock Tower Drive.

Topics to be Covered include:

History of NLRS, and Cover crops and their role in Nutrient Reduction– Dean Oswald, IL CBMP Cover Crop Specialist

Reducing Nutrient Losses –Measuring the 4 R’s —Dan Schaefer, 
Director of Nutrient Stewardship, IL Fertilizer and Chemical Association

Engineering Practices to Reduce Nutrient Loss – Curt Zurliene, USDA NRCS Ag Engineer

NRCS Programs Available T0 Help Achieve Nutrient Goals—Scott Wallace, USDA NRCS District Conservationist


Farmer Panel and Question & Answers

Featuring Tri-County Farmers—Ross Pauli, Mark Graber and John Obery.

Although there is no charge for this workshop, seating is limited so reservations are required.  Call 309-467-2308 ext 3 by March 14 to reserve your seat.  Bring a farmer friend with you.

CCA Credits have been applied for.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  We intend to provide reasonable accommodations for anyone with disabilities, where appropriate.  If you require reasonable accommodations please make note of it while registering for this event.