TFI Joins Ag Organizations to Promote Ag Technology and Natural Resource Stewardship

Eight Agribusiness Organizations Sign Memorandum of Understanding with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

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December 13, 2016
Eight Agribusiness Organizations Sign Memorandum of Understanding with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2016 – The Fertilizer Institute today joined eight other agribusiness organizations in signing a three-year Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service calling for broad cooperation in accelerating technology and approaches that will improve agricultural production and natural resource stewardship.

“For agriculture in this nation to continue to be successful and prosperous, government, industry, and all stakeholders need to come together around common goals,” said Chris Jahn, president of The Fertilizer Institute. “This MOU is a great step in our mutual collaboration, and I believe it will help as we all work to implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship in an effort to improve nutrient management, soil health and water quality around the nation.”

The agreement will “establish a collaborative framework for cooperative activities intended to enhance and accelerate the transfer and adoption of technologies and approaches for improved agricultural production and natural resource stewardship” through activities such as “employee training, producer outreach, joint projects, and communications efforts.”

Goals within the agreement include:

  • Developing case studies with a focus on soil health and the 4Rs (Right source, Right rate, Right time, Right place) of nutrient management.
  • Hosting a national orientation and training event.
  • Creating a joint recognition program for highlighting successful, local partnerships.

Representatives from each organization were present to sign the agreement. Signatories include USDA, NRCS; the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD); the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA); The Fertilizer Institute (TFI); the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA); the American Society of Agronomy (ASA); the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA); the Crop Science Society of America; USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE); Syngenta; and CLA.

The 4Rs -- the right fertilizer source at the right rate at the right time and in the right place -- is a science-based approached to nutrient stewardship that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production and profitability potential, and improved sustainability. www.nutrientstewardship.org

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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. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at nutrientstewardship.org and on Twitter at @4rnutrients