Water Quality


TFI supports and promotes 4R nutrient stewardship (applying the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place) as a sustainable solution to lessening any environmental impact and improving our nation’s water quality.


Nutrient application is a sensitive task. Too little and the soil can’t sustain healthy crops; overuse or incorrect use of nutrients can negatively affect the environment and the farmer’s operating costs.

The fertilizer industry recognizes the need to improve the efficiency and, therefore, the sustainability of the entire agricultural system. To encourage the widespread adoption of fertilizer best practices, TFI is leading an effort to provide outreach and education to implement nutrient stewardship.

4R nutrient stewardship provides directives aimed at increasing production and farmer profitability while protecting the environment. The four “rights” (use of the right nutrient source at the right time at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place) are designed to work in conjunction to provide sustainable plant nutrition management. Visit Nutrient Stewardship to learn more.