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In March 2014, the agriculture community launched a proactive, responsible commitment aimed at the long-term improvement of Lake Erie’s water quality.

This voluntary, third-party auditor verified program provides a consistent, recognized standard for agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers in the Western Lake Erie Basin (Indiana, Michigan and Ohio) where waters drain into Lake Erie.

On January 1, 2017, the 4R Nutrient Stewardship Certification Program was launched to the full state of Ohio, offering all Ohio-based agricultural retailers and nutrient service providers the opportunity to participate in efforts to improve the quality of Ohio’s waterways.

Agricultural Business (5 Directors, including at least one Active Grower) *

Jordan Hoewischer, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

John Motter, Grower* (Vice-Chairperson)

Joe Nester, Nester Ag, LLC

Mark Sunderman, Legacy Farmers Cooperative (Chairperson)

Jared Skinner, Nutrien Ag Solutions

Government (2 Directors)

Matt Lane, Ohio Department of Agriculture

Mark Smith, Ohio Natural Resource Conservation Service

Environmental NGOs (2 Directors)

Jessica D’Ambrosio, The Nature Conservancy

Janelle Mead, Ohio Federation Soil and Water Conservation District

Universities/Research (2 Directors)

Sally Flis, The Fertilizer Institute

Greg LaBarge, Ohio State University, (Secretary)