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)