TFI Celebrates Global Fertilizer Day on October 13

First Annual International Day of Recognition Highlights the Role Fertilizer Plays in Modern Agriculture Production and Food Security

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October 12, 2016
First Annual International Day of Recognition Highlights the Role Fertilizer Plays in Modern Agriculture Production and Food Security

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12, 2016 – The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) will celebrate the first annual Global Fertilizer Day on October 13, 2016. The day recognizes the importance of fertilizer in meeting the challenges of global food security. TFI joins Fertilizers Europe, Fertilizer Canada, the International Fertilizer Association, and the International Plant Nutrition Institute in marking Global Fertilizer Day.

“We hear a lot about the rising global population and increasing food demand in the next 30 years, and I think it’s important that we also discuss the ways in which we will meet this rising demand. Fertilizer has a vital role to play,” said Chris Jahn, TFI President. “TFI is invested in helping the fertilizer industry promote nutrient management best practices that help farmers improve their productivity and keep nutrients in the soil.”

Fertilizers account for 50 percent of global food production. They nourish crops for better, healthier, and stronger yields. Without fertilizer, modern farming would cease to exist. Yet, fertilizer management should use best management practices to ensure minimal impact to ground and surface water sources.

TFI promotes the use of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, which is an innovative, science-based approach that offers enhanced environmental protection, increased production, increased farmer profitability, and improved sustainability. The concept is to use the right fertilizer source, at the right rate, at the right time, with the right placement. When the 4Rs are put into practice, growers are able to achieve higher yields, lower input costs, and less nutrient losses.

Quick facts about fertilizer:

  • Fertilizer accounts for 50 percent of global food production. Two out of every five people in the world owe their lives to fertilizer.
  • In 1960, one hectare of land fed two people. In 2025, one hectare of land will need to feed five.
  • We lose 10 acres of farmland per minute – less and less farmland will need to feed more and more people.
  • The world’s population will grow by 25 percent by 2050.
  • Fertilizers feed plants for better, healthier, stronger yields that will feed the world for centuries to come.
  • U.S. farmers are using fertilizer with more efficiency. They are growing 87 percent more corn today using just four percent more fertilizer than they did in 1980.
  • The fertilizer industry contributes more than 452,000 American jobs and in excess of $139 billion to the U.S. economy.

More information and resources on Global Fertilizer Day are available at www.fertilizerday.com.

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The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) is the leading voice of the nation’s fertilizer industry. TFI’s membership includes fertilizer producers, wholesalers, retailers and trading firms. TFI 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.