Nominations Open for 2016 4R Advocate Awards Program


October 6, 2015

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) today kicked off the 2016 4R Advocate Awards Program with a call for entries from retailers wishing to highlight exceptional nutrient stewardship practices of their farmer customers. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the 4R Advocate Award program recognizes farmers who protect and improve the environment, boost profitability and benefit surrounding communities through nutrient stewardship practices known as the 4Rs: using the right nutrient source, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place

As program rules dictate, retail dealers nominate their customers for the awards. The dealers are also recognized with 4R awards for their supporting roles.

Nomination forms and details for the 2016 4R Advocate Awards are now available exclusively on the Nutrient Stewardship site at this link Entries must be submitted online and are due November 6, 2015. Winners will be announced in December.

Throughout 2016, 4R Advocates will serve as spokespersons and share their stories of how they use fertilizer best management practices to improve nutrient use efficiency on their farms. Their work demonstrates the commitment fertilizer retailers and growers have to help protect the environment.

“The farmers and retailers honored as 4R Advocates demonstrate that best nutrient management practices and environmental protection go hand-in-hand with a positive return on investment,” Chris Jahn, TFI president, said. “These awards add value to the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Program because they engage growers, retailers and allies with peers who can share their real-world stories. By including the input and help of supporting organizations, we’re able to share these successes with a growing list of farmers and other stakeholders.”

The five winning growers, spouses and their nominating retailers will receive an expense-paid trip to Commodity Classic, March 3 - 5 in New Orleans, La. The Commodity Classic is the annual gathering for America's soybean, corn, wheat and sorghum farmers. At the Classic, 4R Advocates will see the latest farming innovations, share ideas with other growers and agricultural leaders. They will be honored at an invitation-only banquet. Profiles and videos featuring interviews with previous 4R Award winners can be viewed here.


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 fulltime 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 and follow us on Twitter at @Fertilizer_Inst. Learn more about TFI’s nutrient stewardship initiatives at and on Twitter at @4rnutrients.


Photo/cutline: Group photo from 2015

Nominations for 2016 4R Advocate Awards Program from The Fertilizer Institute are now available at The award highlights exceptional nutrient stewardship practices of farmers and their supporting retailers. Applications from retailers are due November 6. Winners from 2015 include: (back row, from left) Michael Twining, Willard Agri-Service, Worton, Maryland; Chris Jahn, TFI president; Andrew Kappes, South Dakota Wheat Growers, Langford, South Dakota; Mark Erickson, representing Joel Erickson, Langford, South Dakota; Kevin Doseck, Crop Protection Services, Botkins, Ohio. (front row, from left) Matthew Clements, J.R. Simplot Company, Grandview Idaho; Terry Tindall, Simplot Grower Solutions, Boise, Idaho; Sean Jones, Lester C. Jones and Sons, Inc., Massey, Maryland; Malcom Stambaugh, Ag-View FS, Walnut, Illinois; James Schoff, Walnut, Illinois; Lois and Bill Heintz, representing Chris Heintz of Heintz Farms, Lakeview, Ohio.