What Illinois Farmers Are Doing

When Illinois set out to develop the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy, agricultural leaders understood that there would not be a “one size fits all” solution for nutrient loss in the state. Nutrient issues vary based on soils, topography, and drainage.

A Conservation Story Map

The goal of Illinois' Conservation Story Map is to show how farmers in Illinois work to keep nutrients in the field for their crops, and not lose them to our streams and waterways. It will help Illinois farmers – and the government agencies and conservation organizations that work with them – to share the best management practices they use on extremely diverse conditions across Illinois.

Farmers can zoom in to their area and learn about practices their neighbors are using that might also work for them. Available programs and cost-share opportunities will appear by watershed, with links to external sites for more information. 

From stewardship principles passed down through the generations, to the latest technological advances, these stories will give you a sense of the many ways farmers in Illinois are tackling nutrient management, implementing conservation practices, and preserving Illinois’ agricultural legacy.