• TFI Hosts Meeting of Geographies Pursuing 4R Certification

    This week representatives for Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Missouri, Florida and Canada (on behalf of Ontario) met in The Fertilizer Institute offices in Washington D.C. for a facilitated discussion to advance the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Programs within their geographies. The meeting provided an opportunity to learn from each other’s efforts and to gain […]

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  • 2018 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit Recap

    Just as one of the most-publicized Summits in world history was getting underway on the Malaysian Peninsula earlier this week, The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) 2018 4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit was kicking off in Des Moines, IA. Noting the appropriateness of the meeting’s “Hartford of the West” setting (Des Moines is a big insurance town) when considering both […]

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  • Summer Events Around WLEB

    Mark your calendars for these events around the Western Lake Erie Basin! June 2018 June 11-12th, Des Moines, Iowa, 4R Summit. The Fertilizer Institute. Register at https://www.tfi.org/conferences/4r-summit. June 22-24th, Defiance County, RiverFest 2018. Free and open to the public. 315 E. River Rd. Defiance, OH 43512. June 26th, Seneca County, Summer Pasture Walk. Bob Hendershot […]

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  • An Evolution in Conservation and Nutrient Management: Kevin Elder Reflects on his Career

    Ohio’s Country Journal recently had a conversation with… Kevin Elder, who recently retired as chief of the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting OCJ: Could you provide a brief overview of your career and how it led to your most recent role at the Ohio Department of Agriculture Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting? […]

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  • Ontario Agri-Retailers Make Great Strides for Great Lakes Water Quality

    Ontario represents a portion of Canada’s most viable and productive farmland and has been a leader in nutrient management planning for crop production. 4R Nutrient Stewardship has been embraced as a valuable tool for meeting agricultural and environmental goals as referenced in both the International Joint Commission’s Binational Report and the Canada-Ontario Lake Erie Domestic […]

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  • Ohio Ag Retailers Are at the Forefront of Voluntary Efforts to Improve Ohio Water Quality

    Over the past six years, Ohio ag retailers in the Western Lake Erie Basin have substantially increased sales of products and services that keep soil and nutrients on farm fields. Based on published studies, the Partnership for Ag Resource Management estimates Ohio ag retailers retained more than 1.5 million lbs. of phosphorus on farm fields […]

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  • 2018 CCA of the Year Oversees Fertilizer Recommendations at 4R Certified Facility

    A quick glance at the tidy office of John Fritz at The Andersons, Inc. Fremont facility, a 4R Certified facility, would suggest that he works in a fairly standard desk job. One look at his weathered work boots, however, belies how he really spends most of his time and what drives the passion for what he […]

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  • Farm Groups Announce New Nutrient Management Assistance

    Farmers in the Western Lake Erie Basin will soon have significant new resources to further their efforts to protect water quality. Ohio farm organizations and their partners, taking an important, proactive step, will work with farmers to expand the number of individuals who have Nutrient Management Plans. In addition, the project will increase the use […]

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  • Save the Date: Global Fertilizer Day Celebration on Oct. 13

    Global Fertilizer Day is being celebrated this year on Oct. 13 and you are encouraged to join the Fertilizer Institute in celebrating! Global Fertilizer Day is a day to spread awareness in fun and engaging ways of fertilizer’s positive impact on food security, local economies, environmental stewardship, and job opportunities available within the industry. Participating […]

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  • Ohio Farmers Reminded of Spring Manure Application Best Management Practices

    As the weather warms up and rainfall increases this time of year, 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, new measures clarified and enhanced the […]

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