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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.

*Larry AntoschOhio Farm Bureau Federation
Tony BaileyIndiana Natural Resources Conservation Service
*Mindy BankeyOhio Federation of Soil & Water Cons. Districts
Matt BealOhio Department of Agriculture
Beth BechdolAgribusiness Council of Indiana
Tom BruulsemaInternational Plant Nutrition Institute
Shelby BurlewMichigan State University Extension
Jim ByrumMichigan Agri-Business Association
Jim CamberatoPurdue Extension
Laura CampbellMichigan Farm Bureau
Karen ChapmanEnvironmental Defense Fund
Larry ClemensThe Nature Conservancy
Anne CookThe Andersons, Inc.
Ed CrawfordOhio Department of Natural Resources-Division of Soil & Water Resources
*Jessica D’AmbrosiaThe Nature Conservancy
Randy DellThe Nature Conservancy
Kevin ElderOhio Department of Agriculture
*Steve EmeryNutrien Ag Solutions
Kurt FisherSure Crop
*Sally FlisThe Fertilizer Institute
Mark FritzOhio AgriBusiness Association
Chris HenneyOhio AgriBusiness Association
Joe KelpinskiMichigan Department of Agriculture
*Greg LaBargeThe Ohio State University Extension
*Matt LaneOhio Dept. of Agriculture
*Janelle MeadOhio Federation of Soil & Water Cons. Districts
Cecelia Lokai-MinnichOhio Certified Crop Adviser Board
Lara Beal MoodyThe Fertilizer Institute
Henry MooreCarrollton Farmers Exchange
*John MotterOhio Soybean Council
Jason MoulinDow AgroSciences
*Joe NesterNester Ag, LLC
Sarah OrlandoThe Ohio Sea Grant College Program
John OsterMorral Companies, LLC
Gary PennellFarmers Elevator Grain and Feed Association
Lori PhalenMichigan Soil and Water Conservation Districts
Emily ReinartMichigan Farm Bureau
Justin SchneiderIndiana Farm Bureau
Walter SellPurdue Extension
*Mark SmithOhio Natural Resources Conservation Service
Bill StanleyThe Nature Conservancy
*Mark SundermanLegacy Farmers Cooperative
Jennifer ThumIndiana State Department of Agriculture
Carrie Vollmer-SandersThe Nature Conservancy
* Denotes Nutrient Stewardship Council Director