Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program

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Since 2015, Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) has contributed to an impressive statewide effort, the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS). Through leadership and participation from our farmer members across the state, IFB has been able to make meaningful contributions toward water quality efforts in Illinois. 

For the past several years, IFB has made it an organizational priority to lead on environmental issues, most notably, the NLRS. IFB’s NLRS efforts focus in four priority areas: 1) education and outreach to farmers, landowners and the general public; 2) supporting research of best management practices to reduce nutrient loss from agricultural fields; 3) supporting farmer implementation efforts across the state; and 4) demonstrating progress toward the long-term goals of the NLRS.

With the first year of work being completed in 2016, the Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program has become a cornerstone of IFB’s work to implement the NLRS, serving as one example of the many ways IFB is creating lasting impacts in implementing the NLRS across Illinois. This program funds County Farm Bureau (CFB) projects focused on improving soil health and water quality throughout the state. Since 2015, IFB has dedicated over $1,165,000 to CFBs to complete a wide range of unique projects, including planting test plots of cover crops, watershed planning, water testing, hosting education and outreach activities.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021, virtual programs were developed to accommodate for canceled or capped-attendance field days. A library of virtual field day content can be found via the links at the top or left-hand side of the page.

All 2024 Nutrient Stewardship Field Days are being offered in-person. Mark your calendar and RSVP using the instructions below for the field day you are interested in.


2024 Nutrient Stewardship Field Days


Field Days



RSVP Deadline

Greene & Calhoun CFB Field Day March 14, 2024 Greene County Extension, Carrollton, IL March 11th by calling Greene CFB at (217) 942-6958 or Calhoun CFB at (618) 576-2233
Montgomery CFB Field Day March 20, 2024 Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Hillsboro, IL March 15th to Montgomery CFB by calling (217) 532-6171
Washington CFB Field Day April 4, 2024  Greenview Golf Course, Centralia March 29th to Washington CFB by calling (618) 327–3081
Clinton CFB Spring Field Day April 20, 2024 Sugar Creek Valley Farms, Aviston April 15th to the Clinton County Farm Bureau by calling (618) 526-7235
Will CFB Nutrient Stewardship Education Meeting March 27, 2024 Will County Fair Atrium, Peotone March 22nd to Will CFB by calling (815) 727-4811
Whiteside CFB Nutrient Stewardship Meeting June 5, 2024 TBD  
Cook CFB Field Day June 18, 2024 TBD  
Clinton CFB Summer Field Day July 27, 2024 TBD  
Will Summer CFB Nutrient Stewardship Education Meeting July 31, 2024 TBD  
Jo Daviess CFB Field Day August 2, 2024 TBD  
Knox CFB Field Day TBD    
LaSalle CFB Field Day August 29, 2024     
Piatt, Macon CFB Field Day August 22, 2024    
Wayne CFB Field Day TBD    
Madison CFB Nutrient Stewardship Meeting TBD    


Additional field day details coming soon!


Raelynn Parmely
IFB Environmental Program Manager