b'Partner Descriptions Association of Illinois Soil andvolunteers educate consumers andand the support of scientific research Water Conservation Districtsrepresent the industrys best interest.to answer important questions about AISWCD is a grassroots organizationICGAs grassroots policy structurepollinator conservation in agricultural formed in 1948. It is comprisedinvolves staff and leaders at the statesettings.of and serves Illinois 97-memberand national level with conservation SWCDs. SWCDs provide valuableand habitat as a priority. Illinois Fertilizertechnical assistance on a variety of& Chemical Associationnatural resource issues such as soilIllinois Department The Illinois Fertilizer & Chemical conservation, water quality, nutrientof AgricultureAssociation represents the interests management, sustainable land use, andThe IDOA is an advocate for Illinoisof the business and individuals who conservation education. The Districtsagricultural industry and providesprovide crop protection, nutrients, share a single mission: to coordinatethe necessary regulatory functions toequipment, and agronomic services assistance from all available sources-benefit consumers, the agriculturalto Illinois farmers. IFCA has more than public and private, local, state andindustry, and our natural resources. The1,200 business members statewide federal - in an effort to develop locallyagency strives to promote agri-businessand in surrounding states, many of driven solutions to natural resourcein Illinois and throughout the world.whom have supported this organization concerns.The IDOA distributes funds throughsince its inception in 1965. IFCA the PFC to Illinois 97 Soil and Waterprovides key regulatory assistance to GROWMARK, Inc. Conservation Districts for programsagriculture retailers to help ensure their GROWMARK is an agriculturalaimed at reducing soil and nutrientunderstanding of, and compliance with, cooperative with annual sales oflosses, thereby protecting water quality.a myriad of environmental, health, and $7.3 billion (based on FY 2017 data),PFC is a long-term, state-supportedsafety regulations. IFCA also promotes providing agronomy, energy, facilityinitiative to protect natural resourcesa high degree of professionalism and planning, and logistics products andand enhance outdoor recreationalstewardship for our industry beyond services, as well as grain marketingopportunities in Illinois. The IDOAwhat is by the law.and risk management services inoversees the Sustainable Agriculture more than 40 states and Ontario,Grant Program, the ConservationIllinois Milk ProducersCanada. GROWMARK owns the FSPractices Cost-Share Program, andAssociationtrademark, which is used by affiliatedthe Streambank Stabilization andThe IMPA has served the Illinois dairy member cooperatives in Illinois,Restoration Program. industry since 1933 and represents Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio, and Ontario,more than three-fourths of the milk Canada to serve more than 250,000Illinois Farm Bureau marketed in the state. The primary customers. GROWMARK helped initiateFounded in 1917, IFB is a membershipobjective of IMPA is to form a unified the Endure Pollinator Seed Program toorganization that represents three outvoice for the Illinois dairy industry.increase habitat, encourage pollinatorof every four farmers in Illinois with aIMPA serves as a resource for Illinois population growth, and demonstratevoting membership of 82,000. IFB isdairy farmers on legislation, education, the importance of pollinators toa grassroots organization that worksand information impacting the dairy agriculture. with local, state, and federal legislaturesindustry. Since 2004, the IMPA has and agencies to help protect farmers.recognized Illinois dairy farmers who Illinois Corn Growers IFB has set Leading on Environmentalhave made significant contributions AssociationIssues as an organizational prioritytoward environmental stewardship and ICGA was established in 1972 and is asince 2016. With that prioritization hasconservation efforts. The dairy industry grassroots membership organizationcome the allocation of staff and fundingcontinues to strive for achieving with approximately 5,000 members.resources to advance pollinator-relatedimproved product efficiency to reduce ICGA utilizes membership dues toeducation and outreach efforts tothe use of resources and mitigate sustain a notable legislative presence infarmers, the coordination of the IMPenvironmental impact.Springfield and Washington, D.C. ICGAagricultural sector and subcommittee, 32Partner Descriptions'