• Jim Lake Announced as 2018 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

    The Nutrient Stewardship Council is pleased to announce Jim Lake as the recipient of the 2018 Distinguished Service Award. The award is presented to an individual who has provided outstanding service and commitment to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. The award was presented to Lake on Feb. 1 during the Ohio Certified Crop Adviser […]

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  • Ohio Agriculture Accused of “Poisoning Our Lake”

    There was quite a stir this week in Toledo with news regarding the Lucas County commissioners’ sponsorship of a website identifying “hotspots” in the Western Lake Erie Basin watershed for nutrient loading. The Western Lake Erie Basin Nutrient Sources Inventory is described as a “mapping tool that identifies causes of impairment and potential pollutant sources that […]

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  • Three Years of Excellence; An Initiative to Be Replicated

    In March 2014, the agriculture community launched a proactive, responsible commitment aimed at the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality. More than three years later, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program continues to provide a standard for agricultural retailers in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana while inspiring other states to implement programs of their own. […]

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  • Ohio Farmers Reminded of Winter Manure Application Best Management Practices

    With the winter season upon us, the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Soil and Water Conservation would like to remind producers and nutrient applicators of laws and restrictions on manure application. Signed into law by Governor John R. Kasich in July 2015, Ohio Senate Bill 1 clarifies and enhances the restrictions on manure application […]

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  • The Fertilizer Institute Announces the 2018 Crop of 4R Advocates

    The 5 Pairs of Growers and Retailer Partners Exemplify the Use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship Practices on the Farm The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) named five farmer and fertilizer retailers pairs who are implementing innovative and sustainable 4R fertilizer management practices on the farm to increase production and reduce their environmental impact. These 2018 4R Advocates […]

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  • Hard Lessons Shaped Farm and Leadership Career for Ohio’s First USB Chairman

    In 1979, John Motter learned some hard life lessons when he was 25 and he lost his father in a farm accident. “I got to work with my dad for a couple of years and I learned a lot but there was so much more I needed to learn from him. From the time my […]

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  • Federal Agency Agrees with Mayor: Algae Season is Over

    Two weeks after the Hicks-Hudson administration declared the 2017 western Lake Erie algae season over, the federal agency that actually monitors and tracks the season has concurred. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which uses NASA satellite imagery and field data to track conditions, continued to find scattered patches of the summer bloom —but not […]

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  • Nutrient Stewardship Council Announces New Chairman

    The Nutrient Stewardship Council (NSC), governing body of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program, has announced a new chairman, Mark Sunderman, CEO of Legacy Farmers Cooperative in Findlay, Ohio. Sunderman succeeds Carrie Vollmer-Sanders of The Nature Conservancy, who served as the chairwoman of the NSC since its inception in 2014. “It is a pleasure to […]

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  • OHIGRO, Inc. Delaware Facility Certified in 4R Nutrient Stewardship

    The 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program has announced that the OHIGRO, Inc. Delaware facility has been added to its growing list of nutrient service providers to achieve certified status. The voluntary certification program, now in its fourth year, is a concentrated effort by the agriculture industry to significantly reduce and prevent applied nutrients from running off […]

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  • 4R Advocate Nominations Due October 31

    The deadline for nominating a 4R Advocate is rapidly approaching. All materials are due to The Fertilizer Institute by Tuesday, October 31. Applying is easy using the new online form; so get your applications in! One of the top things we hear from farmers is that they like to learn about new practices from their […]

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