Importance of 4R Nutrient Stewardship Recognized in Senate’s Farm Bill

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June 14, 2018

DES MOINES – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) commends Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) for working in a bipartisan fashion to move S. 3042 the “Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018” out of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  

“Ensuring that American farmers are able to continue to produce healthy, abundant and affordable food supplies in a profitable and sustainable manner is a big part of TFI’s mission,” said TFI President Chris Jahn, speaking from the group’s annual 4R Nutrient Summit in Des Moines, Iowa. “Provisions included in the conservation and research titles of the Senate Farm Bill recognize the importance of that mission through support of 4R nutrient management planning and 4R-based research.”  

The 4Rs are a science-based framework aimed at increasing production and farmer profitability while also protecting the environment. “TFI is leading a large-scale effort to encourage the widespread adoption of 4R practices, where farmers choose the Right source of fertilizer, applied at the Right rate, at the Right time and in the Right place,” said Jahn. “Utilizing the 4Rs can have a significant impact on improving water quality and farmer profitability.”

“We are extremely pleased to have language supporting nutrient stewardship in both the House and Senate Farm Bills and we look forward to working with leaders in both chambers to get a bill to the President’s desk before September 30,” Jahn concluded.

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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.