Statement by TFI on the Senate Ag Committee Hearing on Research in the Next Farm Bill

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June 15, 2017

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2017 - The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn issued the following statement following today’s hearing in the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry which examined agriculture research priorities in the next Farm Bill.

“TFI commends Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for holding today’s hearing on agriculture research priorities in the next Farm Bill. The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) members and our scientific partners with the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) are strong supporters of 4R Nutrient Stewardship: choosing the Right Nutrient Source to apply at the Right Rate at the Right Time and in the Right Place. Our member companies are leading the way in the development and implementation of new technologies and scientifically-based nutrient management for agricultural cropping systems to better meet social, environmental, and economic goals. 

Research is at the heart of this work. With a 5-year, $7 million commitment, the industry created the 4R Research Fund. This privately funded organization has provided much needed resources to measure and document the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of 4R nutrient stewardship.

Continued funding and the ability to leverage public funds with private funds is essential to meeting the research needs of the industry and society. TFI looks forward to working with Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow and the members of the Committee to ensure a successful re-authorization of the Farm Bill.”

TFI members provide nutrients to help American farmers nourish the nation’s crops, and ensure a stable and reliable supply of food, fuel, and fiber.   The nation’s fertilizer industry including producers, importers, retailers, wholesalers and companies that provide services to the fertilizer industry is one of the world's largest, and makes a tremendous contribution to U.S. economic growth. The industry generates more than $155 billion in economic activity, and directly employs more than 88,000 Americans in quality high paying jobs.

TFI’s comments addressing agricultural research priorities in the next Farm Bill, can be found in their entirety Here.