The Fertilizer Institute Announces Support for the Trump Administration’s USDA and EPA Appointments
WASHINGTON, September 5, 2017 — The Fertilizer Institute expressed support for quick Senate action to confirm three new Trump Administration appointments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey was picked as Undersecretary of Agriculture for Farm Production and Conservation. Greg Ibach, Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director was chosen as USDA Undersecretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs. And Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General David Ross was chosen to serve as Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water at the EPA.
"American agriculture could not find more knowledgeable and stronger advocates, said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “If confirmed, their decades of experience will be a tremendous asset to Secretary Perdue and EPA Administrator Pruitt and the entire agriculture community.”
The U.S. fertilizer industry is one of the world’s largest, and makes a tremendous contribution to U.S. economic growth, employing American workers in manufacturing, wholesale, and retail agribusiness sectors. The industry generates more than $154 billion in economic activity, and directly employs more than 88,000 Americans in quality high paying jobs.
“Farm profitability depends on many uncontrollable variables, such as weather and global market forces," Jahn said. “Now, more than ever, it is necessary to ensure that farmers have the best information to manage those factors that are in their control.”
Research in support of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, a science-based framework to aid implementation of fertilizer best management practices on the farm, must be a high priority for USDA. The 4R concepts are being incorporated into USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service programs, in state nutrient loss reduction strategies and by the Soil Health Institute. While the concepts for 4R implementation are sound, significant information gaps remain on quantifiable economic and environmental impacts of individual and paired 4R practices. While the fertilizer industry-supported 4R Research Fund has dedicated close to $5 million to support this work, the need for competitive grant funds from USDA is still great.
The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers and trading firms. TFI serves its members through legislative, educational, technical, economic information and public communication programs. Find more information about TFI online at TFI.org. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org.