The Fertilizer Institute Announces the 2018 Crop of 4R Advocates

The 5 Pairs of Growers and Retailer Partners Exemplify the Use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship Practices on the Farm


December 14, 2017
The 5 Pairs of Growers and Retailer Partners Exemplify the Use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship Practices on the Farm

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2017 – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today named five farmer and fertilizer retailers pairs who are implementing innovative and sustainable 4R fertilizer management practices on the farm to increase production and reduce their environmental impact. These 2018 4R Advocates farm 19,250 acres of land using 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices.

“We talk a lot about 4R Nutrient Stewardship at TFI, but these practices only work if they are used on the farm,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “The 4R Advocate program is our way of recognizing good work when we see it, and these farmers and retailers are the fertilizer industry’s boots on the ground and represent the industry’s commitment to environmental stewardship.”

Now in its seventh year, the 4R Advocate Program has recognized 35 agricultural producers and retailers, farming 163,675 acres in 19 states. These forward-thinking individuals serve as examples by championing sound nutrient stewardship.

The 2018 Advocates include:

  • Glenn and Mark Beck, Windermere, Fla.
    Rob Watson, Griffin Fertilizer Company, Frostproof, Fla.
  • Maria Cox, Whitehall, Ill.
    Kyle Lake, CHS Carrollton, Carrollton, Ill.
  • Chuck and Darin Dunlop, Parker, Kan.
    Jason Sutterby, AgChoice, Moran, Kan.
  • Jeff, CJ, and Greg Durand, St. Martinville, La.
    Earl Garber, Sanders/Pinnacle Agriculture, Crowley, La.
  • Doug Weathers, Salem, Ore.
    John Peters, Wilbur-Ellis, Woodburn, Ore.

The Advocates will be honored at an awards banquet hosted by TFI at the 2018 Commodity Classic in Anaheim, California, where they will also represent the 4R program during the Commodity Classic tradeshow. Throughout the year they will also be part of TFI’s outreach efforts to promote fertilizer management practices by hosting farm field days, participating in conference panels, and speaking on behalf of 4Rs to their farming peers.

The 4R Advocate program is one of many facets of a high-priority campaign to raise awareness and adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices. Fertilizer is a component of sustainable crop production systems, and the fertilizer industry recognizes the need to efficiently utilize these nutrients.

4R Nutrient Stewardship is an innovative and science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability. Implications of the 4R nutrient stewardship system will spread far and wide through agriculture and society as a whole. For fertilizer use to be sustainable, it must support cropping systems that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.

To help address this challenge, TFI works with the International Plant Nutrition Institute, the International Fertilizer Industry Association, and the Fertilizer Canada to advance the 4R nutrient stewardship initiative.


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 Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at