The first Florida 4R Field Day saw the announcement of the launch of the new Florida 4R Certification Program to improve and protect water quality.

Agriculture is a big industry in Florida, and the state has a large, ever-growing population coupled with finite sources of fresh water. A such, water quality is an important topic in The Sunshine State. That makes the announcement of a new Florida 4R Certification Program, aimed at improving and protecting water quality, such good news. The new program was announced at the first Florida 4R Field Day, held November 22nd in Parrish, Florida. The 4Rs are an important part of nutrient stewardship that those in Florida’s ag industry can utilize to protect water quality and improve their ag operation’s bottom line.

Details of the Florida 4R Field Day and the Florida 4R Certification Program

The Florida 4R Field Day brought together over one hundred farmers, crop advisors, leaders of state regulatory agencies, and elected officials to learn about the 4Rs.  Griffin Fertilizer’s Mike Roberts spoke at the field day as a Florida 4R Advocate about nutrient stewardship, as Griffin Fertilizer’s Rob Watson and citrus grower Glen Beck were a retailer/grower pair to be recognized with a 4R Nutrient Stewardship Award by The Fertilizer Institute in 2018. Other past 4R Advocates spoke as well about why the 4Rs are important on the farm. Leaders of invested agencies and organizations, such as Dr. Sally Flis, with The Fertilizer Institute; Chris Pettit, the FDACS Director of Ag Water Policy; and David Royal, who oversees the program for The Nature Conservancy, also spoke at the event.

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.