Mercer County’s Kirwan Serving On Nutrient Research & Education Council

With investments from Illinois farmers now totaling $10-million, the statewide Nutrient Research and Education Council reports its research has yielded a sizable number of tools to keep organic and inorganic nutrients in place on Illinois farm fields. The council collects 75-cents on the sale of each ton of inorganic fertilizer. That money goes into a pool for research to help farmers keep fertilizer in place for crops and out of lakes, streams and rivers. Jeff Kirwan farms near New Windsor in Mercer County and serves as the Illinois Farm Bureau’s representative on the council. He believes Illinois farmers are taking the water quality challenge seriously.

Illinois farmers and others can find specific results of N-REC research at the organization’s website at