Protecting Our Environment

Preserving our land. Protecting our water. Providing our food. Illinois farmers are making a difference in your life, whether you realize it or not.

Leading on environmental issues. It’s a priority for us and our members. We have committed significant resources to accomplish ambitious goals with regard to water quality, livestock production, pollinators, and a host of other challenging issues. We do that by educating our members about important environmental issues, the latest university research and the best management practices that can help them meet their conservation goals. We work with agency staff to explain rules and regulations and ensure our members can achieve compliance and environmental benefits. We share with consumers the stories of our farmer members doing good work to protect the land on which they depend.

Environmental issues are complicated. They're long term. And they require continuous improvement from our farmer members. Thankfully, Illinois Farm Bureau members are ready for the challenge. Read on for more details about how we’re tackling key issues in Illinois.

2020 Certified Crop Adviser Award

Illinois Farm Bureau and the Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Board are accepting nominations for this year’s Illinois Certified Crop Adviser Award. Nominations must be submitted online by 4:00pm on Friday, October 30th. Read more. 

Farming for the Future

Illinois Farm Bureau supports the important conservation efforts of our farmer members. That includes educating the public about practices being used on the farm. Using video, social media and other channels, we are helping the public see exactly why Illinois farmers’ conservation efforts should be applauded. Read more. 

Water quality

The IFB Board of Directors is committed to setting environmental action as an organizational priority, following through by continually committing significant resources to do the job. IFB has expanded on its work on the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) 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. IFB has also continued to make environmental education for our livestock farmer members a priority. The 2019-2020 Water Quality Report shares the progress we have made so far as well as outlines some of the goals we wish to achieve in the future. 

View the 2019-2020 Water Quality Update.

Please visit IEPA for more information on the NLRS website.


IFB staff work hard on behalf of our members who raise livestock to communicate with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on issues related to their operations and the environment. We embark on education campaigns through the Illinois Agricultural Coalition – a partnership among IFB, the Illinois Beef Association, the Illinois Milk Producers’ Association and the Illinois Pork Producers Association. Read more.

Pollinators and Monarch Butterflies

At IFB, we understand the importance of pollinators to our food system and to the ecosystem overall. That is why we have been actively involved in conservation planning efforts surrounding the monarch butterfly and other pollinators in Illinois for a number of years.  Read more.

Nutrient Stewardship Virtual Field Days

Due to COVID-19, the decision was made to cancel all in-person Nutrient Stewardship Field Days. In place of in-person field days, IFB worked to produce Virtual Field Days to share the work of counties and their partners involved in the IFB Nutrient Stewardship Grant Program. Read more.