Each year, Illinois NREC asks our stakeholders to provide feedback on the current research priorities and to help us develop priorities as we go forward. This is the first step in our RFP (Request for Proposal) process and will ultimately lead to the RFP that will be sent out in mid-March. Illinois farmers, via their retail partners, invest nearly $4 million annually into vital nutrient research. Your feedback via this survey helps ensure that our stakeholders understand and approve the investments being made. Click here to take the survey.

2024 Investment Insights Live will be held February 15th in Champaign, IL. Listen to and learn about the latest NREC-funded research results. Click here to register.


9:00 – 9:30 Registration – Heritage Hall

9:30 – 9:40 Rita Frazer/Scott Lagger – Welcome

9:40 – 10:10 Shalamar Armstrong

10:10 – 10:40 Joel Gruver

10:40 – 11:10 Amir Sadeghpour

11:10 – 11:40 Fred Below

11:40 – 12:20 13 Student Posters (3 minutes each)

12:20 – 1:45 Lunch/Posters

1:45 – 2:15 Rabin Bhattarai

2:15 – 2:45 Jon Schoonover

2:45 – 3:15 Andrew Margenot

3:15 – 4:00 Zhongjie Yu/Lowell Gentry

4:00 – 4:15 Wrap up

4:15 – 4:35 7 Student posters (3 minutes each)

4:35 – 6:00 Posters with appetizers and cash bar

Location: I Hotel & Illinois Conference Center, 1900 S 1st St, Champaign, IL 61820

Date and time: Thu, Feb 15, 2024 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Organizer: Julie Hewitt, (309) 212-0047, julie.armstrong@illinoisnrec.org

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About the Author: Julie Hewitt

Julie joined Illinois NREC in October 2015 and is NREC’s first full-time Executive Director. She graduated from Illinois State University with a degree in AgBusiness and has spent the last 17 years working in various aspects of the industry. With a background in agronomy and experience in marketing and public relations, Julie’s main focus is to continue to identify opportunities for the Council to advance research into nutrient efficiency while ensuring that she’s always focused on sharing the outcomes of this research so that farmers and other members of the agriculture industry can incorporate these practices on their farms.

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