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Join the 4R Social Media Campaign for a Chance to Win

by Lara Moody

February 3, 2014

We are on a mission to spread the word on 4R Nutrient Stewardship, using the right fertilizer source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place. The Fertilizer Institute (TFI), the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI), Iowa State University and the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA/NRCS) teamed up to  create a set of online learning modules for site specific nutrient management.

And now we are offering you the chance to win by showing us what you know about 4R nutrient stewardship. Starting today, when you watch the "4R Modules of the Month" and tweet us a fact you learned to @4RNutrients or @Fertilizer_Inst you enter for a chance to win a $100 Visa gift card. Be sure to include the monthly hashtag. One winner will be chosen at the end of each month. February's module is "Overview of Soil Fertility, Plant Nutrition and Nutrition Management" and the hashtag is #Feb4RFact. Access the modules: 4R Educational Modules.

Example: @Fertilizer_Inst Nutrient supply from the soil or applied nutrient is vital to soil fertility #Feb4RFact 

The free modules, located online, include downloadable content, provide playable presentations with audio and contain links to additional resource materials. The modules are ideal for individuals interested in learning more about basic soil fertilizer, nutrient cycling and loss pathways; and use of practices relative to source, rate, timing and placement. Stakeholders addressing nutrient management on the farm, state and federal nutrient policy, corporate food supply chain sustainability and agriculture related conservation efforts will benefit from this knowledge.

Expanding knowledge to address site-specific nutrient management takes time, but your efforts to utilize these concepts benefit your customer, your organization and key stakeholders. Additionally, agriculture as a whole benefits from a knowledgeable community of interested parties. We are better served if individuals involved in state and federal nutrient policy, corporate food supply chain sustainability initiatives, and non-government organization conservationists have an improved understanding of nutrient use concepts. The modules provide a solid knowledge base for individuals working with growers as well as those stakeholders working in the area of environmental quality and related policy.

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