4R Research Fund Awards First Grants

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April 30, 2014

The 4R Research Fund announced it has awarded $273,500 in grants for five research proposals aimed at identifying what we already know about fertilizer best management practices and to help pinpoint existing research gaps. With help from a technical advisory group, the fund’s management committee selected the following five proposals for funding: 

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An analysis of 4R Nutrient Stewardship implementation on drained land was awarded to a project partnership between The Conservation Fund and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS).

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A meta-analysis of nitrogen losses and 4R Nutrient Stewardship in U.S. corn-based systems was awarded to researchers at Duke University.

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A meta-analysis of phosphorus fertilizer placement and tillage interactions for corn and soybeans in the U.S. was awarded to researchers at Kansas State University.

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An assessment of the effects of conservation practices and fertilizer application methods on nitrogen and phosphorus loss from farm fields was awarded to a project partnership between the University of Toledo and USDA ARS.

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A meta-analysis of enhanced efficiency fertilizers in corn systems in the Midwest was awarded to researchers at Southern Illinois University

The Fund was created in 2013 by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) to provide resources aimed at measuring and evaluating the economics, social and environmental impacts of 4R Nutrient Stewardship.

These projects will take nine-to-12 months to complete and results will be available to anyone who is interested. For additional details about the awarded projects, the 4R Research Fund, or contributors to the fund click here. Future RFPs will be announced and posted as they become available.