During the February 28 opening evening of the 2019 Commodity Classic show in Orlando, FL, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) acknowledged five pairs of growers and ag retailers as 4R Advocates for the upcoming growing season. Now in its eighth year, the 4R Advocate Program has recognized more than 80 growers/ag retailers, farming more than 176,000 acres in 20 states.
“Farmers rely on trusted retailers and advisors along with other farmers when making decisions about fertilizer application,” TFI President/CEO Chris Jahn said. “TFI’s 4R Advocates serve as real-world examples of how implementing 4R practices on a farm can positively impact the bottom line and provide environmental benefits.”
The 2019 4R Advocates recognized at the event included:
- Danny Basham Jr., Madisonville, KY (Ag retailer: Phillip Osborn, Nutrien Ag Solutions)
- Michael Ganschow, Walnut, IL (Ag retailer: Malcolm Stambaugh, AgView FS)
- Dustin Grooms, Plant City, FL (Ag retailer: Jerrod Parker, Chemical Dynamics)
- Brian Herbek, Deweese, NE (Ag retailer: Bill Nejezchleb, Fairfield Non Stock Coop)
- Jonathan Quinn, Warwick, MD (Ag retailer: Kenny Glenn, Southern States Cooperative)
Once the ceremony had finished, 4R Advocates were invited to remain at the Commodity Classic trade show to represent the overall 4R program. Throughout the upcoming year these individuals will be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote fertilizer management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of 4Rs to their farming peers.
According to Jahn, the 4R Advocate program is one of many facets of a high-priority campaign to raise awareness and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices. “Fertilizer is a key component of sustainable crop production systems, and the fertilizer industry recognizes the need to efficiently utilize these nutrients,” he said.