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Local farmers, ag retailer recognized for best management practices by The Fertilizer Institute

April 20, 2016

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Farms near Gibsonburg, and John Fritz, certified crop advisor with The Anderson’s Inc. in Fremont, have been named 4R Advocates by The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Advocate program. They were commended for their ongoing work to select the right nutrient sources for their crops nd apply them at the right rate in the right place at the right time.

The Myerholtzes and Fritz received their honors at an awards banquet during the Commodity Classic in New Orleans, Louisiana. They were joined by four other winning farmer/ag retailer pairs from Illinois, Iowa, Virginia and Wyoming.


The 4R Nutrient Stewardship program is part of a fertilizer industry initiative to encourage awareness and adoption of farming practices that protect the environment while optimizing productivity. In addition to promoting the application of soil nutrients at the right rate, right time, right place and from the right source, the program encourages collaboration with growers, retailers, conservation personnel and others to ensure sustainable agriculture for generations.

The Myerholtzes farm 1,500 acres of corn, soybean and wheat and have been operating for 45 years. 

“A 4R protocol and statement help show that what we are doing makes good environmental sense,” says David. “We’ve been doing things the right way for years, but we need to help raise the bar for everyone and make all farmers want to do more.” 

Practicing the 4Rs has reduced input costs, improved efficiency, increased yields, prevented runoff, saved fuel and reduced fertilizer use by up to 10%, he says. Plus, nutrient use efficiency has increased. Its protocols benefit growers, retailers and the community.


“As one of the first ag retailers to be certified in the Western Lake Erie Basin 4R Certification Program, the Andersons works closely with its customers to encourage them to use best management practices in their farming operations,” Fritz says.

Fritz and the Myerholtzes also share more of their story on the 4R YouTube channel.

Other winners are: Thomas Connors and Regan Wear, crop adviser with CHS, both of Shipman, Illinois; Darin Stolte, Olin, Iowa, and Jimmie Daugherty, crop adviser with River Valley Coop, Davenport, Iowa; Calvin Haile, Dunnsville, Virginia, and Lucas Householder, crop adviser with Southern States Cooperative, King William, Virginia; and Rick Rodriguez and Joe Bridges, crop adviser with the JR Simplot Company, both of Powell, Wyoming

TFI represents the fertilizer industry and supports programs encouraging stewardship while optimizing productivity for a vital aspect of agricultural production. 

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