It's official: FS PARTNERS Drayton is our first branch to achieve 4R Retailer Certified status!

 

November 7, 2019- Delhi, ON: Great work to the team on a job well done, and for committing to the 4Rs in the future. FS PARTNERS management and staff celebrated in Drayton with lunch and cake to commemorate their accomplishment.

The 4R Certification Program is funded and guided under a 4R Ontario Steering Committee comprised of a diverse set of stakeholders from industry, government, conservation authorities and grower organizations. Acreage managed by agri-retailers who are 4R Certified add to the total farmland in Fertilizer Canada’s goal of verified acres under 4R Nutrient Stewardship. This program is administered by Fertilizer Canada. 

To learn more about 4R Certification or to schedule an audit, visit 4rcertified.ca.*

Read the full press release here:  https://fertilizercanada.ca/fs-partners-joins-the-growing-…/
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4R Nutrient Stewardship 

The fertilizer industry has established the 4R Nutrient Stewardship framework in cooperation with government, researchers, customers, farm organizations, conservation groups and the public. Adjustments in the crop nutrient source and application rate, timing, and placement method will support agricultural productivity while also helping to improve the water quality of the Great Lakes, specifically Lake Erie and its contributing watersheds.

4R Nutrient Stewardship best management practices (BMPs) must be customized to fit each farm’s unique climatic, soil, cropping and operational conditions. This is achieved, as needed, with professional input from recognized and qualified specialists such as Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) who work with farmers to assess their situations and develop management plans. Continuous improvement can be achieved by employing science that optimizes the economic, social and environmental performance of BMPs utilized in implementing the voluntary 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification program in Ontario. The 4R Certification standards were created by the 4R Ontario Steering Committee in close collaboration with the Nutrient Stewardship Council, the Ohio Agri-Business Association and The Fertilizer Institute in the U.S. to ensure alignment between cross-border efforts to implement 4R Nutrient Stewardship and minimize nutrient losses under the 4R Certification program. 

The standards are reflective of the best available science, technology and regulatory requirements for Ontario conditions. Members of the 4R Ontario Steering Committee represent a diversity of stakeholders including Fertilizer Canada; the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA); the Ontario Agri Business Association (OABA); the Grain Farmers of Ontario; the Ontario Federation of Agriculture; the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario; Conservation Ontario; The Nature Conservancy – Ohio; the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change; the International Plant Nutrition Institute; the Ontario Certified Crop Advisor Board of Ontario; and Ontario agri-retailers. In implementing this 4R Certification program, the 4R Ontario Steering Committee sought feedback to ensure a consistent, recognized program for agricultural retailers, agricultural service providers, and certified professionals to help ensure that 4R Nutrient Stewardship goals are adopted and that in turn lead to long term positive impacts on water quality. While these standards do not apply to individual growers, on-farm adoption of the recommendations made by Nutrient Service Providers (NSPs) that become certified under the standards is critical to meeting the goal of improved water quality.

In addition to general principles of 4R Nutrient Stewardship, the standards have incorporated specific criteria for the purpose of addressing regional priorities for water quality, including references to regional soil fertility recommendations and requirements to prevent nutrient application on frozen ground. 

SOURCE:  https://fertilizercanada.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/fc_standards-manual2018_en_vf-web.pdf

 

It's not only about high yields. 

FS cooperatives remain committed to serving farmers in other ways. FS crop specialists across North America work with growers to manage nutrients sustainably. This helps preserve the water and soil. The award is designed to encourage and promote 4R practices. The 4R approach to nutrient stewardship involves using the right source, place, time, and rate of fertilizer. Agriculture industry professionals outside the GROWMARK System served as judges. Our 2017 Endure Awards winners included our own Precision Ag Manager Nicole Penney!

 

Nicole Penney (Weber) - FS PARTNERS

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Nicole Penney is the Precision Ag Manager at FS PARTNERS. She works with their six main agronomy hubs across southern and central Ontario. Weber holds her Certified Crop Adviser and 4R Nutrient Management Specialist designations in Ontario.

"Not only are we utilizing the 4Rs to make nutrient recommendations based off of scientific principles and best management practices," said Weber. "There's also an environmental and economic benefit by minimizing losses and maximizing crop nutrient uptake."

 

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Adam Dexter - West Central FS

Adam Dexter is a Certified Crop Adviser at West Central FS. He oversees the sales territory based in Williamsfield, Illinois. Earlier this year, he won The Fertilizer Institute's 4R Advocate award. 

"4R nutrient stewardship is important to me because it is economically and environmentally the right thing to do," said Dexter. "Using the 4R approach helps us reduce losses while improving efficiencies."

Jay Matthews - AgVantage FS

Jay Matthews is a Certified Crop Adviser at AgVantage FS, based in Charles City, Iowa. He is a 4R Nutrient Management Specialist and advises growers on seed, chemical, fertilizer, and precision farming needs. 

"It is important to continue to show the world that we are growing crops sustainably and are good stewards of the environment," said Matthews.

Jay-Matthews


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Nicole Penney (Weber) - FS PARTNERS

Nicole Penney is the Precision Ag Manager at FS PARTNERS. She works with their six main agronomy hubs across southern and central Ontario. Weber holds her Certified Crop Adviser and 4R Nutrient Management Specialist designations in Ontario.

"Not only are we utilizing the 4Rs to make nutrient recommendations based off of scientific principles and best management practices," said Weber. "There's also an environmental and economic benefit by minimizing losses and maximizing crop nutrient uptake."

John Musser - Stephenson Service Company

John Musser is a Certified Crop Adviser at Stephenson Service Company based in Stockton, Illinois. He has 37 years of experience in the agriculture industry and has worked at Stephenson Service Company since 1990. 

Musser is a 4R Nutrient Management Specialist and 2012 Certified Crop Adviser of the year. He also serves on the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association Board.

"The use of the 4R ideas is sound in how we deal with nutrients," said Musser. "This will improve our overall footprint we apply."

John-Musser

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Don Jones - GROWMARK FS

Don Jones is a Certified Crop Adviser at GROWMARK FS. He oversees seven locations with salespeople in New York and Pennsylvania. He has worked at GFS and predecessor companies since 1990. 

"I live north of the Canandaigua Lake," said Jones. "We must preserve its integrity. I take pride in our use of the 4Rs, especially in the management of nitrogen."