September 12, 2018
Continuing its commitment to improving water quality in the Western Lake Erie Basin, Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky facility has achieved certified status for year two through the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program.
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 water quality issues in Lake Erie. Facilities are required to meet certain program goals each year to retain certified status.
With the program in its fifth year, Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky joins a long list of retailers to achieve year two certification.
“The 4R program is about doing the right thing for our customers while also doing the right thing for the land, rivers and lakes,” said Justin Metzger, CCA, sales crop consultant at Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky.
The Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky facility has been in operation for more than 36 years. Although it was first called Fertiflow Ag Services in 1982, the facility was sold three times throughout its years of operation, finally being purchased Crop Production Services in 2011. In 2018, CPS rebranded to their current name Nutrien Ag Solutions. Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky provides their customers with premier seed, chemicals, nutritionals, fertilizer, grid soil sampling, plant tissue sampling, custom application, variable rate technology application, HD seed placement, HD nitrogen placement, field scouting, online crop planning tool and newly added online bill viewing and bill paying online.
“We strive to keep the nutrients we apply for our farmers on their acres to feed their crops. We want to help farmers improve their soils for future generations. So that when they are done farming and pass it on to the next generation the soil health is better than when they started farming,” said Metzger.
The 4R program certifies nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin and across the state of Ohio that apply or make recommendations 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. Program participants must go through an annual, independent, third-party audit and demonstrate they not only understand 4R principles, but also follow them.
Approximately 2.91 million acres and more than 6,300 grower customers are serviced by the 50 facilities in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana that have earned 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification.
“The certification program is an ongoing effort for participants and we are proud of the continued commitment shown by Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky facility, ” said Andrew Allman, executive director of the Nutrient Stewardship Council.
CUTLINES: Nutrien Ag Solutions Upper Sandusky facility is Year Two 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certified. Employees pictures (from L to R) include: Skip Boes; Fred Geiser; Dusty Hug; Ryan Imbrock; Jaime Wolf; Isaac Sampson; Tim Wengerd; Ryan Rife; Justin Metzger; Cliff Orians; Roger Hendricks; and Anna Phillips. Not pictured Todd Ulrich; Dan Lessig; Dave Sayer.