Fertilizer Industry Pledges to Double 4R Nutrient Stewardship Research Funding


April 23, 2015

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Today, The Fertilizer Institute’s (TFI) President Chris Jahn announced that TFI and over 100 partners will more than double existing investment in nutrient stewardship research, outreach and implementation.   The announcement was made at Michigan State University during a panel led by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. 

“4R Nutrient Stewardship – or in the words of Secretary Vilsack, the use of the right source, rate, timing and placement of fertilizer, is the framework that helps growers boost the performance of inputs, leading to a reduction in air emissions from fertilizer application and improved water quality,” said Jahn. 

“By way of this commitment, the Fertilizer industry and key stakeholders are taking concrete action to ensure that farmers have the best information about fertilizer management practices to achieve environmental and economic goals,” he continued. 

4R Research Fund-sponsored work is currently being conducted with assistance from partners including USDA, The Nature Conservancy and The Conservation Fund, as well as Iowa State, Ohio State, Duke, Kansas, Heidelberg, Purdue and Southern Illinois Universities and the University of Toledo. During his discussion with Secretary Vilsack, Jahn highlighted projects in regional areas of concern including Iowa and in the Western Lake Erie basin.

“I would like to thank Secretary Vilsack for USDA’s existing support for 4R Research Fund projects,” said Jahn. “I appreciate the opportunity today to speak directly with him today about the need for government dollars to leverage the industry’s commitment.”

Created in 2013 by The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the Canadian Fertilizer Institute (CFI) and the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), the 4R Research Fund provides resources for a multi-year research effort aimed at measuring and evaluating the economic, social and environmental impacts of 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The fund supports U.S. and Canadian projects in partnership with land-grant universities, watershed stakeholders and government agencies, as well as through industry initiatives. Further information on the 4R Research Fund, including project summaries and funding partners, can be found on nutrientstewardship.org  and on IPNI’s website. 


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.