Water quality and farming: achieving the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy goals

Why is nutrient loss a concern and who should care?
What impact do nutrients have on the environment?
What are factories and urban areas doing to help with the nutrient loss issue?
What’s the most effective practice for nutrient loss?
What role do Federal policies play in reducing nutrient loss?

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 8 to 9 a.m. for a discussion on the impacts farming has on water quality and the efforts to reduce this impact by reducing nutrient losses from fields. Farmers, researchers, and industry are working together to increase the understanding and usage of important practices to keep nutrients in the fields and out of our waters. The Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy provides guidance for achieving a 45 percent reduction in both nitrate-nitrogen and phosphorus by 2035. Contribution from all stakeholders involved is required to achieve this goal. No one practice will work on every acre, but every acre needs at least one new practice! Farmers need to develop strategies for their farms and continued research is needed to better understand all of the issues involved. Use the #askACES during this one-hour chat on Twitter to answer your questions about farming, water quality, and nutrient losses in Illinois.

Water quality and policy experts Laura Christianson, Jonathan Coppess, and Paul Davidson will answer your questions in this hour-long chat.
How can you take part in this exciting conversation?
1. Go to Twitter. Type in #askACES. Watch the questions and answers from 8 to 9 a.m. CT.
2. Ask your own questions and contribute to this conversation by including #askACES with your question.
3. If you aren’t on Twitter, watch the live feed at research.aces.illinois.edu/askACES.
If you have a question, but can’t participate in the live chat, send it to jshike@illinois.edu.
4. Watch ACES social media (Twitter and Facebook) for a follow-up podcast with Laura Christianson, Jonathan Coppess, and Paul Davidson.

ACES is excited to host this series of chats – #askACES – on Twitter addressing some of the hot topics in social media today. We have discussed a variety of topics from GMOs with Dr. Steve Moose to childhood obesity with Dr. Barbara Fiese. Our goal is to distribute sound science on social media and provide the public an opportunity to engage in a conversation and ask their questions about these topics. We would love to have you join us on Twitter for these chats and contribute to the conversation. Or, listen to the follow-up podcasts at research.aces.illinois.edu/askACES.

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