Luckey Farmers’ Bradner and Graytown Facilities Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that Luckey Farmers, Inc.’s facilities in Bradner and Graytown, Ohio have 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 2014.

Established in 1919, Luckey Farmers, Inc. is a grain and farm supply cooperative headquartered in Woodville, Ohio with 10 branch locations serving farmers in seven counties in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. The cooperative’s Berkey location also achieved 4R Certification status in February, giving the cooperative three certified facilities.

“We are dedicated to providing the highest quality farm products and service for the success of our members, employees and the community,” said Luckey Farmers Agronomy Manager John Bratton. “We are proud of our employees’ stewardship to help protect our natural resources for future generation with the use of best management practices.”

The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program certifies that entities in the tri-state area 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.

More than 1.1 million acres and approximately 3,000 farm clients are serviced by those who have received 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification, with 60 percent of them being in the Western Lake Erie Basin.

“Luckey Farmers’ employees worked very hard to ensure that its operations were following the 4R’s, and we congratulate them for their stewardship practices and success,” said Andrew Allman, executive director of the Nutrient Stewardship Council.

“By becoming 4R Certified, Luckey Farmers has proven its dedication to the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality,” said Carrie-Vollmer Sanders, Nutrient Stewardship Council chairwoman. “We are proud of all nutrient service providers that have begun the process of becoming 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified.

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 aallman@oaba.net or call 614-326-7520 ext. 1.

MEDIA: Download high-resolution photos of each facility receiving its 4R certification signs by clicking on the facility name below.

  • Bradner Facility
    • CUTLINE: Employees at Luckey Farmers, Inc.’s Brander facility receive their 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified sign. (From left to right) Front row: Erin Peters, Tom Wagner, Adam Brossia, Rex Holland, Dave Eschedor, Mike Joseph and Rachel Johns; Back row: Matt Flowers, Brock Abke and Josh Kieffer.
  • Graytown Facility
    • Employees at Luckey Farmers, Inc.’s Graytown facility receive their 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified sign. (From left to right) Kneeling: Garrett Meek, Dan Bach and Gary Schober; Standing: Dough Uher, Bob Valasek, John Huffman, Cameron Shirer, Geoff Ruhlman, Brice Gahler, Matt Haar, Travis Meek, Steve Leady, Brian Sullivan, Steve Welling, Klay Meyer and Kevin Cochran.