August 6, 2010 Contact: Kathy Mathers

Moody Joins TFI as Director of Stewardship Programs

Washington, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today announced the appointment of Lara Beal Moody to the new position of Director of Stewardship Programs. Prior to joining TFI, Moody served as the program manager for the Agricultural Waste Management Laboratory at Iowa State University. In her position with TFI, Moody will be responsible for developing and directing the Institute’s stakeholder outreach programs to promote nutrient stewardship at the field level. Specifically, she will promote the 4R Nutrient Stewardship System which promotes the use of the right nutrient source at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place.

“We are pleased to have an individual with Lara’s extensive knowledge of nutrient related issues join our team,” said TFI President Ford B. West. “Her knowledge of key stakeholders and experience in university and extension work will allow TFI to take the next step in ensuring that growers have access to a complete suite of information on best practices to ensure fertilizers are used with maximum environmental and economic benefit.”

At Iowa State University, Moody managed the 25 member Agricultural Waste Management Laboratory team; prepared information for research reports, journals, conferences, newsletters and extension media; presented before local, regional, national and international meetings, coordinated and managed educational meetings, field days and conferences for industry stakeholders while interacting with U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency personnel as well as representatives of state agencies and commodity group leaders. Moody is a Registered Professional Engineer having received a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering and masters of science degree in biosystems engineering from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.

Moody joins TFI’s scientific programs team, which consists of TFI Vice President of Scientific Programs Bill Herz and TFI Manager of Scientific Programs Matt Kastner.

About the Fertilizer Institute

The Fertilizer Institute represents the nation’s fertilizer industry. Producers, wholesalers, retailers, trading firms and equipment manufacturers which comprise its membership are served by a full time Washington, D.C., staff in various legislative, educational and technical areas as well as with information and public relations programs.