Precision Conservation Management (PCM), the Illinois Corn Growers Association’s (ICGA) water quality program, received more than $250,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to continue conservation programming for farmers in 2020 and beyond.

PCM is built on the idea that farmers can talk to conservation specialists to understand how management techniques they implement on their farm might impact overall farm profitability. These grant funds will sponsor a total of five Precision Conservation Specialists in Illinois and Kentucky.

Currently, PCM staff work with more than 300 farmers in 16 Illinois counties and 10 Kentucky counties, with approximately 3,500 fields and 300,000 acres in the program.

“PCM’s aggregated and anonymized dataset is used to benefit all farmers by demonstrating the impact of conservation practices on farm financial returns. This program is promoting real change for all farmers in Illinois thanks to the hard work of our Precision Conservation Specialists and the willingness of our farmers to try new practices and measure their results,” said Laura Gentry, ICGA director of Water Quality Science.

Maximum utilization of the grant money will require an almost $300,000 match from ICGA and its partners in the PCM project.