New Action Plan Will Advance Knowledge of Nutrient Stewardship for Soil Health

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May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today praised the Soil Health Institute for developing a comprehensive plan to protect and enhance the nation’s soil resources. “Enriching Soil, Enhancing Life, an Action Plan for Soil Health” provides a roadmap for safeguarding and enhancing the vitality and productivity of soil.

“We enthusiastically support this new plan, and its recognition that the 4Rs (nutrient source, rate, time and place) play an integral role in soil health,” said TFI President, Chris Jahn.  “Farmers are using fertilizer with historic efficiency and safeguarding soil health is essential to maintaining this upward trajectory.  We need science that addresses information gap and practical advice on field practices that preserve and improve this irreplaceable resource.”

Farmers, ranchers, scientists, agricultural industry representatives, government agency leaders, and non-governmental organizations provided input into the plan, which will have science, measurement, education, and policy aspects.

“No matter what crop or region of the country, nutrient stewardship using the 4R’s contributes to healthy agricultural soils,” said Jahn. “We look forward to working with the Soil Health Institute to achieve our shared goals.”

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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