Jennifer Jones is a Watershed Outreach Associate with University of Illinois Extension. She serves the Embarras River and Little Wabash River Watersheds, which are phosphorus priority watersheds in the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. She is based out of the Effingham Extension office.
Jones works with farmers and other stakeholders to reduce total phosphorus losses from agricultural lands, which can negatively impact water quality in Illinois and downstream to the Gulf of Mexico. She serves as an educator on Best Management Practices (BMPs) available to reduce nutrient loss, such as reduced/no-tillage, cover crops, filter strips, and improved fertilizer usage. Jones also acts as a technical advisor in the field for producers interested in implementing BMPs.
She received her Master of Science in Agronomy from Purdue University in 2018, and her Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, with a minor in Crop and Soil Management, from University of Illinois in 2015. She is also a Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) with a 4R Nutrient Management Specialty certification through the American Society of Agronomy. Jones is a native of Edgar County, where she grew up on her family's corn and soybean farm.