Five Indiana companies participated in the pilot 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program this year, writes Erica Quinlan at AgriNews. Four received year-one certifications on Nov. 20.
The program certifies that those who apply or make recommendations on how nutrients should be applied to crops are doing so in accordance with 4R nutrient stewardship principles: using the right source of nutrients, at the right rate and right time, in the right place.
Participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit. They must demonstrate that they understand and follow 4R principles. Each company shared an update on their involvement with the 4R program.
1. The Andersons — Waterloo: “We were very excited to take part in this pilot program,” said Adam Lovelace, director of the farm center at The Andersons. “4R is a great program using science-based tools to help growers understand nutrient loss and help protect the environment. We’re really excited to be a part of this program and the expansion in the state of Indiana.”
2. Helena Agri-Enterprises — Berne: “Our goal is to keep our customers on the cutting edge of both technology and any science-based solutions that we can provide,” said Bill Klein, area branch manager at Helena. “The 4R process is absolutely science-based. It has their best intentions in mind with regards to productivity. But it also is a strong statement for protecting the environment and water quality. I think all of us in agriculture are focused on sustained success.”