The Fertilizer Institute honored five farmers and retailer partners as 4R advocates.


The Fertilizer Institute is set to honor five farmers and retailer partners as 4R advocates at the 2017 Commodity Classic in early March in San Antonio, Texas. The Fertilizer Institute named the five 4R advocates in December 2016, choosing those “who are leading the way in implementing 4R Nutrient Stewardship practices on the farm.”

4R Nutrient Stewardship Practices


Chris Jahn, ) President of The Fertilizer Institute (TFI, said in a TFI press release, “4R Nutrient Stewardship is a top priority for the fertilizer industry, which is committed to enhancing environmental and economic sustainability across their operations – from the production plant to on-farm application.”

The 4R Nutrient Practices aim to “increase yields, improve soils, and decrease fertilizer’s environmental footprint,” according to Jahn. They are based in the principles of:

  1. The right fertilizer source
  2. At the right rate
  3. At the right time and
  4. In the right place

4R Advocates Winners


This is the sixth year of the 4R Advocate Program, and this year’s group of advocates farm over 13,000 acres combined using the 4R Nutrient Practices outlined above. The Fertilizer Institute shared the following details of each of the 4R advocates and their retailer partners:

  • Gary Reeder, Palmetto, Fla.
    Dennis Coleman, Crop Production Services, Parrish, Fla.
  • Kyle Brase, Edwardsville, Ill.
    Joe Huebener, CHS Shipman, Shipman, Ill.
  • Grant Strom, Brimfield, Ill.
    Adam Dexter, West Central FS Inc., Williamsfield, Ill.
  • Dave Legvold, Northfield, Minn.
    Ken Thomas, Farmers Mill & Elevator, Inc., Castle Rock, Minn.
  • Lynn Fahrmeier, Wellington, Mo.
    Scott Bergsieker, MFA Incorporated, Lexington, Mo.

Each of the 4R Advocates will be a part of the Fertilizer Institute’s outreach efforts to “promote nutrient management practices,” such as farm field days, fertilizer conference panels, and peer-to-peer advocating.

Griffin Fertilizer is committed to helping both growers and ranchers make sound agronomic and economic decisions in order to maximize the health of their grove and pasture. As a full-service custom dry & liquid fertilizer blender and crop protection product distributor, we will continue our mission to further advance Florida agriculture. For questions or concerns about your farm or pasture, contact us and one of our team will be in touch.