Illinois program to reduce nutrient losses
The tonnage fee will result in a secure, long-term funding mechanism for the NREC. The fertilizer industry also supports the IL Dept of Agriculture’s fertilizer quality and safety programs through product registration and licensing fees that have always been part of The Fertilizer Act. The funds raised will eliminate the need for funds from the State General Revenue Fund to administer the Fertilizer Act.
“I’m pleased to see farmers, environmental advocates, and the fertilizer industry working together to find clean water solutions that work for Illinois,” said State Senator Michael Frerichs (D – Gifford) the Chair of the Senate Agriculture and Conservation Committee, and Senate sponsor of the legislation. “We need to protect the quality of our waters, and the Nutrient Research and Education Council will help farmers do that, and help them avoid unnecessary costs.”
“An active Nutrient Research and Education Council will be a real asset to Illinois’ overall efforts to clean up nutrient pollution,” said Dr. Cynthia Skrukrud, Clean Water Advocate for the Sierra Club, Illinois Chapter. “Efforts like these to help farmers implement solutions are an important part of an overall strategy that includes steps to also reduce nutrient pollution from all major sources, including sewage treatment plants, urban runoff, and agriculture.”