Friday Is The Deadline To Register For Soil & Water Conservation District Nutrient Workshop

A Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy Workshop is being held in Greenville March 2nd at the First Christian Church Family Life Center.

Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. There is no fee to attend. Those wanting to attend must register by Friday, February 26 with the county soil and water conservation district office at 664-0555, extension 3.

Emily Hartmann, district coordinator, said the program should be of interest to all Bond County landowners. “In 2011 the federal EPA put out a mandate that they wanted a 45% reduction in nitrates and phosphorous that was going into the Mississippi River and depositing into the Gulf of Mexico,” she said. She said the EPA wanted to minimize the impact the nitrates and phosphorous were having on aquatic life in the area. The State of Illinois is expected to reduce nitrates and phosphorous by 25%. Agriculture, wastewater treatment plants, and landowners all have a role to play, according to Hartmann. The March 2nd meeting will address how the reductions can be made.

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Hartmann said the Illinois Farm Bureau is very involved in this process.

Among the workshop speakers will be Jean Payne, executive director of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association, and Kris Reynolds, cover crop specialist with the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices.

Lunch will be provided & continuing education units are offered.