The 4Rs of nutrient stewardship – Right Source, Right Rate, Right Time and Right place – are key to the new collaborative program “Keep it for the Crop by 2025” or “KIC2025”.  Jean Payne and Dan Schaefer will share how utilizing these practices will help growers reduce nutrient losses and enhance farm economics.

Jean is President of the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association which represents over 1,100 members of agricultural input supply and service industry.  The IFCA office is headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois.

She is involved in the management of the Association, including oversight of regulatory and legislative issues that impact the industry.

Jean is a graduate of Illinois State University.  She has served on Board of Directors for the Ag Retailers Association and The Fertilizer Institute.  She is also a member of the College of Agriculture Advisory Committee for both the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University and represents the industry on Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s ag advisory committee.

Dan is the Director of Nutrient Stewardship for the Illinois Council on Best Management Practices.  He joined CBMP in this new role in January 2012.  Previously Dan spent 30 years in the ag retail business as an agronomist and plant manager for Illini FS, working directly with growers on improving their yields through agronomic practices and recommendations, and assisting the University of Illinois with on-farm research to improve nutrient efficiency.

Dan has a Master of Science degree in Agronomy from the University of Illinois.  He is a Certified Professional Agronomist and a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA).  Illinois Farm Bureau named him CCA of the Year in 2010.

Dan and his family reside in Tolono, Illinois.