Additional Resources

We encourage you to visit the sites listed below for additional information on sustainability and conservation programs and organizations.


Association of Illinois Soil & Water Conservation Districts (AISWCD)

The AISWCD is a grassroots organization dedicated to representing the interests of Soil and Water Conservation Districts across the state, particularly issues related to land and water use.

Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP)

The CREP is a federal, state and local partnership designed to retire frequently flooded and environmentally sensitive cropland to achieve restoration and long-term protection. In Illinois, landowners implement conservation practices in the eligible CREP watersheds to reduce sedimentation and nutrient loss, improve water quality, and create and enhance critical habitat for fish and wildlife populations.

Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)

CTIC promotes and provides information on technologies and sustainable agricultural systems that conserve and enhance soil, water, air and wildlife resources and are productive and profitable.


FieldRise recognizes farmer dedication to improving economics, strengthening communities, protecting natural resources and meeting the field-to-family need for continued sustainability progress.

Field to Market

Field To Market® is a diverse alliance working to create opportunities across the agricultural supply chain for continuous improvements in productivity, environmental quality, and human well-being. The group provides collaborative leadership that is engaged in industry-wide dialogue, grounded in science, and open to the full range of technology choices.

Illinois Council on Best Management Practices

The Illinois Council on Best Management Practices (C-BMP) is working to assist and encourage adoption of best management practices (BMPs) to protect and enhance natural resources and the sustainability of agriculture in Illinois.

Illinois Department of Agriculture: Bureau of Land and Water Resources

The Bureau of Land and Water Resources distributes funds to all of the Illinois soil and water conservation districts for programs aimed at reducing soil loss and protecting water quality. It also helps to organize the state’s annual soil survey to track progress toward the goal of reducing soil loss on Illinois cropland to tolerable levels.

Illinois Department of Agriculture: Cover Crops Network (CCN)

The Cover Crops Network (CCN) goal is to achieve a significant increase in the adoption of cover crops and thereby increase soil health, limit soil erosion and reduce nutrient loading in Illinois lakes and streams. By sharing pertinent information with the agricultural community and the general public, the CCN will showcase the environmental and economic benefits of cover crops.

Illinois Nutrient Research & Education Council (NREC)

Illinois NREC is proud to be a leading, dynamic voice for growers when it comes to land management issues such as nutrient loss and soil fertility.

International Soybean Growers Alliance (ISGA)

The ISGA is committed to meeting the rapidly increasing world demand for quality and healthy soy products produced in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. The alliance communicates about the social, economic and environmental sustainability of the soybean chain.

Keep It for the Crop (KIC) by 2025 Initiative

KIC is a collaborative program coordinated by the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices to promote, implement and track the rate of adoption of enhanced nutrient stewardship practices in Illinois. The program focuses on the 4Rs of Nutrient Stewardship: Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place.

Midwest Cover Crops Council (MCCC)

The MCCC seeks to significantly increase the amount of continuous living cover on the Upper Midwestern agricultural landscape in order to improve air, soil and water quality. Adding living cover to our landscape can generate new sources of renewable energy, mitigate greenhouse gases, reduce the use of agricultural chemicals and provide novel income streams for rural communities.

National Sustainability Soybean Initiative (NSSI)

The National Sustainable Soybean Initiative’s (NSSI) mission is to develop a roadmap of soybean management systems. NSSI brings producers to the table to design sustainability assessments that are regionally- and soybean-appropriate, scaled to cause change at the field level, founded on the best available science, and balanced among the social, environmental and economic sustainability pillars.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

NRCS programs help people reduce soil erosion, enhance water supplies, improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat, and reduce damages from flooding and other natural disasters. Public benefits include enhanced natural resources that help sustain agricultural productivity and environmental quality while supporting continued economic development, recreation and scenic beauty.

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (SARE)

SARE grants and education programs have advanced agricultural innovation that promotes profitability, stewardship of the land, air and water, and quality of life for farmers, ranchers and their communities.

The Conservation Conversation

A video from BASF takes on the “Conservation Conversation,” asking who will care for the land and resources to maintain food production in the future. It celebrates the growers’ role in protecting the environment and shares public perceptions and farmers’ views on preserving the land for generations to come.

World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (WISHH)

The WISHH program focuses on trade and long-term market development for U.S. soybean farmers while fueling economic growth and value chain development. WISHH understands that today’s developing nations are tomorrow’s customers for U.S. soy and soy protein.


Amy Roady (Director of Communications)
P: (309) 808-3610 or (618) 535-7937
F: (309) 663-6981