The Fertilizer Institute Elects New Board Members

2018 Issue Priorities Established


February 13, 2018
2018 Issue Priorities Established

SAN DIEGO, February 13, 2018 -- The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) members today elected the following to a three-year term on TFI’s Board of Directors. 

  • Nick Adamchak, Pursell Agri-Tech,LLC
  • Van Cooper, Pinnacle Operating Corp.
  • Josh Long, American Plant Food Corp.
  • Hugh Loomans, Sylvite Sales Inc.
  • Lyndon Smith, Bio Huma Netics, Inc.

The board, which is chaired by Nutrien President and Chief Executive Officer Chuck Magro, established the following public policy advocacy priorities for 2018:

Environment, Health and Safety:

  • Streamline EPA’s New Source Review program;
  • Eliminate EPA’s Start-up, Shutdown, Malfunction requirements
  • Reform the Coast Guard’s Section 404 Permit Program
  • Expand the scope of Critical Minerals legislation to include private lands;
  • Avert expansion of CERCLA 108(b) to chemical facilities
  • Support waterways infrastructure investment in Water Resources Development Act reauthorization and/or Infrastructure Bill;
  • Streamline the Chemical Facility Anti-terrorism Standards program when reauthorized; and
  • Support agriculture-friendly definitions in Waters of the U.S. rule.

4R Nutrient Stewardship:

  • Seek  Farm Bill incentives for in-field implementation of 4R Nutrient Stewardship best management practices. Advocate making 4R research a high priority in USDA research programs;
  • Include 4R BMPs in state nutrient loss reduction strategies; and
  • Finalize slow and controlled release fertilizer definitions


  • Advocate for Surface Transportation Board action on competitive switching as a means of creating more competitive opportunities in the rail marketplace;
  • Reinforce federal authority on design changes to ammonia rail cars; Rationalize tank car phase out schedule; and
  • Encourage timely adoption of Positive Train Control by American railroads


  • Preserve the positive balance of trade for agriculture in international trade agreements, and
  • Lead Efforts of the International Standards Organization Technical Advisory Committee on Fertilizer Standards.


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