TFI Creates Ford West Memorial Fund

The Ford B. West Future Leaders Program has been created to highlight Ford’s love of the fertilizer industry and his dedication to serving the people working in it.

WASHINGTON, March 30, 20201 — Ford B. West was a legend in the fertilizer industry, having spent over 35 years promoting, defending, and truly living in the industry. The Ford B. West Future Leaders program has been created to highlight Ford’s love of the industry, the people working in the industry and his friendly demeanor to all he met. West passed away on Feb. 14 following a 15-year medical adventure with prostate cancer. During his career at The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), Ford worked in membership, government affairs and policy and as the President.

TFI is asking industry members to step forward to make a gift to support this effort and honor this amazing leader. The goal of the campaign is $500,000, and it will run through June 2022. Every donation helps achieve the goal to lift up young leaders and support programs of a similar nature as they develop over time.

“Ford was passionate about the fertilizer industry, and he was passionate about young people and networking,” said TFI President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch. “This program will help lift young leaders and give them the connections and tools to further their careers for the betterment of the entire fertilizer industry.”

Donations can be made at online at the Nutrients for Life Foundation website or by sending checks to the Ford West Memorial Fund at 4201 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700, Arlington, VA  22203. TFI thanks you for honoring Ford B. West and his tireless work for the fertilizer industry.


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