TFI Applauds 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report and Urges Swift Passage

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December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President and CEO Chris Jahn today lauded the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee Report and urged the House and Senate to act quickly to pass it.
 
“The hallmark of a working legislative branch is compromise, and that’s what the conferees have achieved with agreement on the bi-partisan 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report,” said Jahn. “We sincerely appreciate the collaborative work done by members of the conference committee to support farmers and rural economies across America, especially the leadership provided by Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) and Rep. Mike Conaway (R-Texas-11) ranking members Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.-7).”

Additionally, “We are extremely pleased to have language supporting 4R Nutrient Stewardship included in the conservation and research titles of the bill which recognizes the importance of 4R nutrient management planning and 4R-based research. We urge leadership in the House and Senate to bring this legislation to their respective floors quickly and get a bill to the president’s desk for signature.”

A key policy priority for the fertilizer industry, 4R Nutrient Stewardship (using the right fertilizer source, applied at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place) provides a framework to achieve cropping system goals, such as increased production, increased farmer profitability, enhanced environmental protection and improved sustainability. 

“The Farm Bill Conference Report released today is good news for the farm economy and the environment,” said Jahn. “Our farmer customers face a challenging market landscape, and this legislation shows that members of Congress understand this pressure and are committed to supporting farmers and their efforts to preserve and protect precious natural resources while maintaining a profit from their hard work." 

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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 and SlideShare. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients