Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council


INREC_insideIllinois Farm Bureau (IFB) cares about the environment and supports the Illinois Nutrient Research and Education Council (NREC). NREC focuses on scientific research and educational programs farmers need to maximize yields through the efficient use of nutrients while protecting the environment. 

NREC is funded by a 75-cent assessment per ton of fertilizer sold in the State of Illinois.  “By supporting NREC, Illinois farmers are truly stepping up to be the problem solvers when it comes to minimizing environmental impact, optimizing yields and maximizing nutrient utilization,” said Illinois Farm Bureau Director Dale Hadden, who is a member of the NREC Board.

NREC has released the 2013 NREC Annual Report, which summarizes the nutrient research and outreach efforts funded by NREC in the calendar year 2013, the first year of the program’s existence.

The mission of the NREC is “to pursue nutrient research and provide educational programs to ensure the adoption and implementation of practices that optimize nutrient use efficiency, ensure soil fertility and address environmental concerns with regard to fertilizer use.” The program utilizes funds from 75 cent per ton assessment on bulk fertilizer sold in Illinois, and the 13 member NREC Council solicits, reviews and funds projects that fulfill the mission of NREC.

The NREC allocated $1,477,572 toward seven projects that address nutrient utilization, water quality and educational needs regarding fertilizer use.

To view the 2013 annual report, which is a summary compilation of the projects, please go to The NREC website also features the full project reports and additional information on the structure and purpose of the Council.

In 2014, the NREC is investing $2.55 million in additional nutrient research and outreach projects, many of which specifically to address the critical need to reduce nutrient losses from the agricultural sector. An outline of the 2014 projects is also available on the NREC website.


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