The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) has chosen 16 American farm operations to receive honorable mention in the Institute’s 2012 4R Advocates recognition program. The honorable mention winners represent farmers and fertilizer retailers across the nation dedicated to the 4Rs of nutrient stewardship — utilizing the right nutrient source at the right rate, the right time and in the right place.

“These growers are implementing best management practices that help match nutrient supply with crop requirements to minimize losses from fields,” said TFI President Ford B West. “Implementing the 4Rs helps farmers achieve economic, social and environmental benefits.”

The 2012 4R Honorable Mention advocates, along with the retailers that nominated them, are:

  • Clay Barr, Pomeroy, Wash., nominated by Crop Production Services, Pomeroy, Wash.;
  • Brandon Bonk, Bonk Farms LLC, Dover, Del., nominated by Willard Agri-Service of Greenwood, Greenwood, Del.;
  • Roger Brining, Great Bend, Kan., nominated by Great Bend Cooperative Association, Great Bend, Kan.;
  •  Steve Conrad, Gore, Okla., nominated by Crop Production Services, Webber Falls, Okla.;
  • Kent and Kevin Dye, Dye Brothers Partnership, nominated by Crop Production Services, Paris, Mo.;
  • Roger Fanshier, Great Bend Cooperative Association, St. John, Kan., nominated by Great Bend Cooperative Association, Great Bend, Kan.;
  • Hannebaum Farms, West College, Ind., nominated by Crop Production Services, Brookville, Ind.;
  • Mike Irey, U.S. Sugar Corporation, Clewiston, Florida, nominated by Florikan ESA LLC
  • John Keenan, St. John, Kan., nominated by Great Bend Cooperative Association, Great Bend, Kan.;
  • Mike Kosman, Fort Morgan, Colo., nominated by Crop Production Services, Fort Morgan, Colo.;
  • Jim Livingston, Oblong, Ill., nominated by Wabash Valley Service Company, Oblong, Ill.;
  • Rawson Farms, Farmwell, Mich., nominated by Crop Production Services, Henderson, Mich.;
  • Steve Smith, Bladenboro, N.C., nominated by Crop Production Services, Orum, N.C.;
  • Maurice Smitherman, Shady Grove Dairy, East Bend, N.C., nominated by Crop Production Services, Hickory, N.C.;
  • Tom Terryberry, Terryberry Farms, Imperial, Neb., nominated by Crop Production Services, Imperial, Neb.
  • John Woodruff, Los Barros, Calif., nominated by Crop Production Services Merced