Dan Schaefer, CPAg, CCA
CBMP Director of Nutrient Stewardship
Dan joined CBMP in January 2012 to manage the “Keep it for the Crop (KIC) by 2025” nutrient stewardship program and work directly with ag retailers and growers to educate, implement and record progress toward the implementation of the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship: Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time, Right Place. The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) has identified eight priority watersheds for nutrient reductions, including Lake Bloomington, Lake Evergreen, Lake Vermilion, Lake Decatur, Vermilion River (Illinois Basin), Salt Fork Vermilion River (Wabash Basin), Lake Springfield and Mauvaise Terre Creek. Dan is currently engaged in 30+ on-farm N rate trials in the watersheds and also helps coordinate the N WATCH soil nitrate testing program.
Dan has a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois. He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). Illinois Farm Bureau named him CCA of the Year in 2010. Prior to accepting this new role, Schaefer worked as the Agronomist for Illini FS, where he had a 30-year career working directly with growers on agronomic recommendations and assisting the University of Illinois with on-farm research to improve nutrient efficiency.
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