4R Nutrient Stewardship Summit

JUNE 10 - 11, 2019 | Cleveland, Ohio

The annual 4R Summit, sponsored by The Fertilizer Institute, will be held in Cleveland, Ohio on June 10-11, 2019, to share effective nutrient stewardship tenets and practices. Attendees will hear from speakers about advances and tools for in-field implementation of the 4R principles, linkages between 4R and on-farm conservation, agribusiness involvement, government- and non-governmental organization-supported initiatives, and details on projects funded through the 4R Research Fund. The agenda will feature concurrent breakout sessions, offering participants a choice of speakers and topics. Approximately 10.5 CEUs will be available for participants.

With Ohio as the backdrop, TFI has worked with the Ohio Agribusiness Association to help set the summit agenda. The 4Rs have had a long history in Ohio, and the Summit will feature speakers from various partners across the state.

Attendees are in for a fun night at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a special evening reception.

Fertilizer is a component of sustainable crop production systems, and the fertilizer industry recognizes the need to efficiently utilize these nutrients. The 4R philosophy is an innovative and science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability. The concept is to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement.


Conference Highlights
Welcome & Keynote
Monday, June 10 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Featuring a keynote address by Dorothy Pelanda, Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture.

Reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Monday, June 10 | 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cleveland Rocks! And so do the 4Rs! Join us Monday evening for a special reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Thank you sponsors

Antitrust Policy

TFI’s antitrust policy is included to assist TFI members with compliance. Please review the document and feel free to contact the association office for any questions.


A full list of speakers can be found in the detailed agenda.


June 10

11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Welcome & Keynote
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Tackling Ohio’s Water Quality Issues: Diverse Stakeholders Working Through Challenges Together
3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Networking Break
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Building Blocks for 4R Certification
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Science for Stewardship
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

June 11

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
The Story of 4R Economics
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Economics of 4R Practice Change
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Getting 4R Right
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Value in the Field: 4R Field Days
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4R Beyond NPK – Micronutrients & Specialty Fertilizers
1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Regional 4R Engagement (Beyond 4R Certification)
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Taking 4R to the Farm Through Research

Hotel Information

The Westin Cleveland Downtown
777 St. Clair Ave. NE
Cleveland, OH 44114
(216) 771-7700

Set in the heart of downtown Cleveland, Ohio, the hotel features impeccable service and well-appointed rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and city views, Heavenly® Beds and thoughtful amenities. Dine on delicious locally sourced cuisine at Urban Farmer or grab a quick bite to go at our full-service Starbucks®. SExplore nearby attractions, such as the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Lake Erie waterfront, Progressive Field, and Quicken Loans Arena. 

Online Reservations


Room Rates:
Single/Double:  $169
Single/Double Club Level: $229
Suites: $329

All rooms are subject to a 16.5 percent local tax. Guest room rate includes complimentary basic wi-fi.

Cut-off date:  May 17, 2019  

Room rates are only available until the cut-off.

Early Departure Fee:  $75.00, at check-in confirm departure date

If reserving rooms for a group, please contact Comer Breana at (216) 771-7700.


Airport and Ground Transportation

Cleveland Hopkins International Airport
Hotel direction: 13 miles NE

Transport Options:

  • The hotel does not offer a shuttle.
  • Estimated taxi fare: 34.5 USD (one way)

  • Bus service, fee: 2.5 USD (one way)

Hotel Parking Options
Valet parking: $34/day

Join us Monday evening for a reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!