Speaking at a recent Farm Bill Summit co-sponsored by the Ohio State University, the Purdue Center for Commercial Agriculture, the University of Kentucky and Farm Credit Mid-America, University of Illinois Professor Jonathan Coppess talked about the concerns in the new bill. “How do our policies adapt to climate risk, yields and the nutrient challenges we have? This is a program that adjusts to risks and realities.” Coppess expects to see more push for nutrient loss reduction. “How do we think about that when we deal with the scale and scope of the gulf hypoxic zone, which is driving policy changes in Illinois right now? Farmers are trying to adapt or find new practices to cut nutrient loss.”
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