By Chris Henney, Ohio AgriBusiness Association
I doubt there are many (if any) readers who aren’t familiar with the Lake Erie algal blooms and the general challenges these blooms have created for farmers and ag retailers throughout Ohio.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2018 - The members and the Board of Directors of the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) voted this week to undertake a major organizational restructure which will include the transfer of key scientific assets and programs to The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), Fertilizer Canada and the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).
The Micronutrient Manufacturers Association (MMA) announced plans to enter into a partnership with The Fertilizer Institute (TFI). Under the partnership agreement, members of the MMA will become TFI members effective January 1, 2019. The MMA will continue to operate as a committee within TFI with regularly scheduled meetings.
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If there is such a thing as a typical year in the agricultural industry it would run on cycles, pre-planting, planting, pre-harvest and harvest. Each cycle requires meticulous planning and many times this can include nutrient management planning. I am a firm believer that any nutrient management decision should include a “4R” decision by default. When someone makes a nutrient management decision while focusing on an overall 4R strategy, I believe they will be more successful all around.
One fact that consistently surprises people is that fertilizer is on the move all year round. Year after year, more people learn that our industry supplies nutrients for crops that nourish a more prosperous world. No less than half of all food grown around the world today is made possible through the use of commercial fertilizer.
Before the first Earth Day was held in 1970, American farmers dealt with the aftermath of the Dust Bowl that hit the Southern Plains throughout the 1930s. Farmers recognized that their farming practices needed to change to prevent continued loss of topsoil. Today’s farmers continue to see the need to protect an array of cherished natural resources—clean water, clean air, pristine wilderness areas and other natural habitats, and abundant wildlife.
It’s official, Spring has sprung! Whether you look out your window and see daffodils in bloom, a couple inches of snow, or farm land welcoming what the coming season will bring, this is the time of year we celebrate National Agriculture Day. From the food on our tables, to the clothes on our backs, all of us very much depend on agriculture’s abundance. Key to our safe, reliable, and more affordable supply of food, fuel, and fiber is fertilizer.