The Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership (ISAP) brings together diverse member organizations who work collaboratively to encourage the adoption of sustainable and profitable production practices that improve soil health and restore local waters. One of the Partnership’s primary efforts is to support Illinois agriculture in meeting the goals of the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy (NLRS) by utilizing data and consistent messaging to increase the technical capacity of ag professionals while minimizing risk and increasing profits for farmers.
ISAP’s programs are based on a combination of academic and on-farm research data, employing a “train-the-trainer” approach that results in a cadre of professionals who are able to inform and influence producers across the state. Programs can be grouped into four “Program Pillars” which guide the education, research, and outreach efforts of the Partnership. ISAP’s Program Pillars include:
- Production Risk Management
- Soil Health and In-field Management
- Water Quality and Edge of Field Practices
- Network of Practitioners
By developing comprehensive programming, building a strong network of sustainable agriculture advocates, and sharing resources through a monthly newsletter, ISAP is committed to working together to support healthy soil, clean water, and profitable farms in Illinois.
ISAP’s mission is to create a network to support a systems approach to improve soil health and reduce nutrient loss.
ISAP envisions Illinois as a sustainable agriculture system that results in improved soil health, water quality, profitable and resilient agriculture systems, and thriving communities.
What We Do
- Provide a platform for disseminating relevant research on cover crops, soil health, water quality, and nutrient loss
- Coordinate field days and other events for farmers, researchers, and sustainable ag advocates
- Build expertise through collaborative partnerships and peer networks
- Provide resources for soil health networks, outreach, and education