TFI and Ag CEOs Talk WOTUS with EPA’s Regan


September 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) President and CEO Corey Rosenbusch on Friday joined other CEOs of agricultural groups for a discussion with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael Regan on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“WOTUS is incredibly important for the fertilizer industry and our grower customers,” Rosenbusch said. “For years we have been advocating for a rule that provides clarity, certainty and a sustainable national water policy that both protects the environment and facilitates smart economic development.”

TFI has long shared EPA’s goal of improving water quality and continuously advocates for the adoption of nutrient management practices such as 4R Nutrient Stewardship (using the right fertilizer source, applied at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place) that enhance environmental protection while helping to ensure farmer profitability.

“We appreciate Administrator Regan’s efforts to engage with the agricultural community and to have these opportunities to provide input and feedback directly to the administration,” Rosenbusch continued. “WOTUS has gone back and forth over the last two administrations, but we strongly recommend that the Agency retain the Navigable Water Protection Rules definitions, which provide much-needed clarity and certainty for the fertilizer industry and are protective of water resources. However, we are confident that we can work with Administrator Regan’s pragmatic approach to provide any tweaks to the definitions that may be necessary for specific areas of the country.”



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 and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at and on Twitter at @4rnutrients.