Tell your story and respond to your 2019 NLRS NASS survey!

USDA National Agricultural Statistics Survey (NASS) is conducting a survey on nutrient strategies used by Illinois farmers to track progress towards NLRS goals. 

The 2019 NASS survey on nutrient strategies is being mailed on February 1 to 1,096 randomly selected farmers in Illinois.

Survey participants can follow the below three steps to complete.

Farmers across Illinois are protecting our land and water by using voluntary conservation practices and nutrient management strategies to make a big difference. Completing your survey will help provide data to accurately reflect these nutrient management and conservation practices.

You can help NASS gather data to show the positive work you do on the land, and to document the progress made each year as farmers continue to improve their farms.

Look for your 2019 NLRS NASS survey! If you receive the survey, please take a few minutes to complete it and return it in the prepaid envelope.

The goal will be to assess farmers’ ongoing progress statewide toward NLRS goals. A similar survey in 2016 showed farmers made significant progress adopting best management practices between 2011 and 2015 and established a baseline of conservation practices and nutrient management.

Together, we can tell Illinois Agriculture’s story regarding farmer knowledge of the NLRS and the use of practices to reduce nutrient losses.

NASS Survey Background

In summer 2016, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) mailed 1,900 surveys to randomly selected Illinois farmers who farm more than 100 acres of corn and soybeans.

This survey was the first attempt to establish a baseline of conservation practices and nutrient management efforts as well as an opportunity for Illinois farmers to tell their collective story regarding their use of conservation practices and knowledge of the NLRS.

The 2016 NASS survey showed 70% of farmers were knowledgeable about NLRS conservation practices. The results of this survey reinforce that farmers continue to be stewards of our natural resources and have taken seriously the challenges presented to them in the NLRS.

State agencies and stakeholders involved in the NLRS measure progress towards our nutrient reduction goals in many ways, including data from state and federal agencies.

We are your partner in improving water quality.

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) is working hard to educate farmers about the NLRS and practices they can use to achieve reductions in nutrient loss.

  • IFB has reached 40,000+ farmers since the release of the NLRS to educate and inform
  • IFB leadership has committed more than $750,000 towards programs to help farmer members implement the NLRS

Download our brochure to learn more.