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Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS)

Encouraging Best Management Practices

With input from agriculture groups like ISG, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Illinois Department of Agriculture drafted the Illinois Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NLRS) in November 2014. It builds on existing voluntary, incentive-based programs to implement best management practices that help reduce nutrient losses from point and non-point sources, including runoff from farm fields and city streets.


Specifically, the NLRS calls for a 15 percent reduction in nitrogen load and a 25 percent reduction in phosphate load by 2025. To help meet NLRS goals, the network of agriculture groups has established committees to coordinate water quality monitoring, develop measuring criteria, improve urban stormwater programs and education, enhance stakeholder and agency collaboration, and define a review process. In addition, every Illinois farmer must work to implement voluntary best management practices on every acre.

Because we always are looking for new ways to improve the way farmers use nutrients on their farms, ISG helped develop the NLRS and supports the voluntary initiative. Additionally, ISG is a member of the Ag Water Quality Partnership Forum, as well as various other groups who also are committed to helping farmers and the industry meet these goals.


More information on the Illinois NLRS, including updates from the committees responsible for its implementation, is available on the Illinois EPA website.


NLRS Update July 21, 2015


The final draft of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) was released today. It shows Illinois’ commitment to improving our water quality and the quality of water leaving the state.


ISG views the Illinois NLRS as an opportunity to work together to address how nutrients are managed in our state. Beyond improving water quality in Illinois, it will help us improve our farms and illustrate our commitment to sustainable farming practices throughout the soybean supply chain.