TFI Celebrates National Ag Day

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March 14, 2017

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 – Half of all the food produced around the world today is made possible through the use of modern fertilizers. Recognizing the vital role that fertilizers play in agriculture, The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is a proud sponsor of National Ag Day, which is celebrated on March 21, 2017.

“Not only is fertilizer responsible for the production of food, it’s responsible for ensuring people around the globe have enough to eat. Two out of every five people in the world owe their lives to fertilizer,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “The future of our industry depends on our ability to help growers feed the world, improve lives, and protect the environment.”

TFI is focused on several initiatives to ensure the long-term viability of the industry to meet the needs of farmers. 4R Nutrient Stewardship 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, and in the right place.

The State of the Fertilizer Industry report tracks industry performance on environmental, economic, and social indicators. By measuring and evaluating our efforts, we can identify areas for improvement.

TFI was instrumental in founding ResponsibleAg, which helps all retailers assess and address safety and security issues. The program operates as an independent certifying organization that provides retail agribusinesses a federal regulatory compliance assessment and educational resources related to the safe storage and handling of fertilizers.

This year will mark the 44th anniversary of National Ag Day, which is hosted by the Agricultural Council of America (ACA) and is celebrated in classrooms and communities across the country. The theme for National Ag Day 2017 is “Agriculture: Food For Life.”

On March 21, 2017, ACA will host major events in the nation’s capital including a breakfast event at the National Press Club as well as a Taste of Agriculture Celebration on the Hill. Additionally, the ACA will bring approximately 100 college students to Washington to deliver the message of Ag Day.

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The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. Tracing its roots back to 1883, TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers, and trading firms. TFI’s full-time staff, based in Washington, D.C., serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at TFI.org and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients