Statement from The Nature Conservancy on the Expansion of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program in New York

Seneca Falls, NY

Today, the New York State Agribusiness Association announced its rollout of the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program. Commercial fertilizer dealers and agricultural applicators will be invited to participate voluntarily in the program to adopt proven best practices through the 4Rs, using the Right Nutrient Source at the Right Rate and Right Time in the Right Place. The goal is to maintain agricultural productivity while reducing nutrient runoff, which contributes to decreased water quality.

Rebecca Benner, Director of Science and Strategy for The Nature Conservancy in New York, issued the following statement:

“The Nature Conservancy is pleased to see the expansion of the 4R Nutrient Certification Program to New York. As the second state to offer the program, we are happy New York is leading in providing agricultural retailers and commercial fertilizer dealers statewide the opportunity to participate in efforts to improve the quality of New York’s waters. We appreciate the leadership the New York State Agribusiness Association and The Fertilizer Institute have shown in getting this program launched, and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with everyone involved in the program to ensure its success in New York.”

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