October 13, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio (Oct. 13, 2014) – The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that The Andersons, Inc.’s Fremont, Ohio facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status.
The voluntary certification program is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off fields, which has contributed to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, such as the one responsible for the shutdown of Toledo’s water supply in early August.
As one of the largest grain operators in North America, The Andersons features grain elevators, fertilizer distribution terminals and farm centers in 10 states and Puerto Rico with an annual capacity to store up to 139 million bushels of grain and 2.1 million tons of dry and liquid fertilizer. The company distributes and produces a wide array of liquid and dry industrial products and is the largest producer of pelleted lime products in the United States. The Andersons also manages four ethanol plants for respective LLCs that produce 330 million gallons of ethanol.
“It is very important for us to be proactive in the algae issues in Lake Erie, especially since we are located very close to the Western Lake Erie Basin and its tributaries,” said John Fritz, precision ag specialist – ag advisor with The Andersons.
“The Andersons has been involved with the 4R Nutrient Stewardship program from its start, working toward solutions for farmers, and letting the public know our industry wants to be part of the solution. The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program will help our industry be better stewards of the land and also help keep our lakes and rivers safe for all.”
The program certifies that individuals and entities in the Western Lake Erie Basin that sell, apply or make recommendations on how fertilizers should be applied to crops are doing so in accordance with 4R Nutrient Stewardship principles — which refers to using the Right Source of Nutrients at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. Applicants must go through an audit and demonstrate they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them.
“We’re proud of the work The Andersons continues to do in being recognized as a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified facility,” said Chris Henney, president and CEO of the Ohio AgriBusiness Association, which serves as the administrator of the program. “By participating in the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, The Andersons’ Fremont facility has proven its commitment to the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality.”
Approximately 50 facilities servicing more than 1 million acres in the Lake Erie Watershed in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio have signed up to go through the certification program.
The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program is governed and guided by the Nutrient Stewardship Council, a diverse set of stakeholders from business, government, university and non-governmental sectors with a common goal of maintaining agricultural productivity while also improving the quality of Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds. The program is administered by the Ohio AgriBusiness Association. For more information, visit 4Rcertified.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-326-7520.