Jahn is Named President of The Fertilizer Institute


May 21, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) announced today that Christopher L. Jahn has been named president.  Jahn comes to TFI from the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) where he has served as president since 2006.  Jahn will assume the helm at TFI on Sept. 9.

“Chris’ experience in the security, environmental and product stewardship arenas will enhance TFI’s advocacy on behalf of the fertilizer industry,” said TFI Chairman Jim Prokopanko.  “He has demonstrated the ability to enhance a trade association’s profile by building consensus within the community of members and with like-minded allied organizations. He will be a tremendous asset to the Institute as we seek to further strengthen our members’ voice in Washington, D.C."

During his tenure at NACD, Jahn directed successful initiatives aimed at expanding the association’s role in the legislative and regulatory arenas.  Through his leadership, NACD enhanced the profile and effectiveness of Responsible Distribution, a third-party verification program, which requires members to continuously improve performance in environmental, health, safety and security activities.  Prior to his service at NACD, Jahn was president of the Contract Services Association and before that, chief of staff to United States Senator Craig Thomas (R-Wyo.).

“I am pleased to be joining TFI and am excited about representing the fertilizer industry, which is so vital to world food production,” said Jahn. “I look forward to working with TFI’s members to expand TFI’s reach with policymakers and the general public.”

Jahn, who will also serve as president of the Nutrients for Life Foundation, succeeds current TFI and Nutrients for Life Foundation President Ford West who, as planned, is retiring after 34 years of service to TFI. 


The Fertilizer Institute represents the nation’s fertilizer industry. Producers, wholesalers, retailers and trading firms which comprise its membership are served by a full time Washington, D.C., staff in various legislative, educational and technical areas as well as with information and public relations programs.  Further information on the Institute is available at www.tfi.org.