TFI Applauds Farm Bill's Recognition of 4R Nutrient Stewardship

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April 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President Chris Jahn today voiced support for important conservation and research provisions included in H.R. 2, the “Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018,” commonly referred to as the Farm Bill:

“We are pleased that these provisions recognize the important role that nutrient stewardship and research play in ensuring that American farmers are able to continue to produce healthy, abundant and affordable food supplies in a profitable and sustainable manner,” said Jahn.

Specifically, TFI is pleased that H.R. 2 takes positive steps to streamline the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) program. “Making the program more user-friendly will help encourage more participation from farmers,” noted Jahn. “We would like to see the 4Rs specifically included in the EQIP program, as we believe that clarification will encourage farmers to enroll more acres in 4R-based nutrient management plans and help accomplish the shared goal of improving production efficiency and enhanced environmental protection.”

TFI also appreciates that the bill provides $25 million annually for farmers to participate in on-farm conservation innovation trials, including “enhanced nutrient management plans and fertilizer systems.” TFI is leading a large-scale effort to encourage the widespread adoption of 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices, where farmers choose the Right source of fertilizer, applied at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place.  

The 4Rs are a science-based framework aimed at increasing production and farmer profitability while protecting the environment. “The 4Rs can have a significant impact on reducing the amount of nutrients lost to the environment and therefore lead to improved water quality and farmer profitability,” added Jahn.

Additionally, TFI is pleased that H.R. 2 designates research based on the 4R principles as a “high priority research initiative.” This designation will allow public investments, via competitive grant programs, being leveraged with private investments, like the 4R Research Fund, to spur collaboration between industry, university researchers, environmental organizations, and others to conduct this much needed research. “The results of this work will provide farmers with the necessary information to optimize fertilizer use on the farm while increasing environmental quality,” said Jahn.

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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.