Nominations Open for 2014 4R Advocate Program

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Fertilizer

4R_NutrientStewardship_largeThe Fertilizer Institute (TFI) recently launched the 2014 4R Advocate Awards Program. They are calling for entires from retailers wishing to highlight the exceptional nutrient stewardship practices of their grower customers. The program is in it’s third year and recognizes farmers who are protecting the environment, boosting profitability and benefiting society through nutrient stewardship practices based on the 4R’s.

Use of the right nutrient source at the right time, at the right rate at the right time and in the right place.

“The farmers honored in the 4R Advocate program know that environmental protection and economic prosperity are not mutually exclusive,” said TFI President Chris Jahn. “This award program adds value to the 4R nutrient stewardship initiative by engaging growers and retailers with peers who can share their fertilizer best management practices success stories.”

The five winning growers will win a trip to Commodity Classic where they will see the latest agricultural innovations first-hand, meet other growers and agricultural leaders from across the county and will be honored at a banquet.

2013 4R Advocate winners Rick and Jesse Brunner, of Fifth Generation Farms, recently spoke about the importance of 4Rs in preserving their land for future generations. “The 4R program epitomizes our philosophy to farm management. We strive to improve our overall soil health, to limit our environmental impact, and to increase our profits while continuing the farm legacy we received.”

Entries are due by November 12. For a nomination form and more information on the 2014 4R Advocate Awards Program is available here. Winners will be announced in mid-December. For questions contact the TFI Director of Stewardship Programs, Lara Moody, by telephone at (202) 515-2721 or via e-mail at