Illinois is challenged to increase food production and protect our valuable water resources from nutrient impairment. The Council on Best Management Practices, in partnership with state agencies and other nutrient stakeholders, is committed to making measurable progress in the adoption of enhanced nutrient stewardship practices to protect water quality.
"Keep it for the Crop by 2025" or KIC by 2025 for short is a program that seeks to educate the agricultural sector, dedicate significant resources towards research to reduce nutrient losses and enhance nutrient efficiency, educate suppliers and farmers, and measure adoption of in-field practices to enhance nutrient stewardship beginning in six priority watersheds and expanding over the years to a state-wide program.
On September 1, 2011, CBMP held a press conference at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, IL to announce the official start of KIC by 2025. Work will begin in six priority watersheds identified by IEPA: Lake Bloomington, Lake Decatur, Vermilion River (Illinois Basin), Salk Fork Vermilion River (Wabash Basin) and Lake Mauvaisse Terra Creek.
For information, contact:
Mike Plumer - (618) 364-2219
Jean Payne - (309) 827-2774